Health and Social Care

Multi-million funding boost to increase mental health support in schools

05/03/2021
Nearly three million children in England will have access to mental health teams in their schools, following the allocation of £79m funding.

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Six cases of new Brazil COVID variant identified

01/03/2021

Up to six cases of a coronavirus variant first identified in Manaus, Brazil have been detected in the UK, the national health body has confirmed.

Households of school aged children eligible for rapid COVID tests

01/03/2021

All households of school aged children will get two rapid tests per person, per week, the Department of Health and Social Care has announced.

London council to investigate possible cancer cluster

25/02/2021

Barking and Dagenham LBC has apologised for failing to investigate a woman’s concerns about a possible cancer cluster in the borough.

Homeless deaths rose by more than a third in past year, warn campaigners

22/02/2021

The number of homeless people who died last year increased by 37% despite the success of the Everyone In scheme, new research has revealed.

Think tank calls for collaboration in face of ‘stark’ health inequalities

22/02/2021

A think tank has called on health and care organisations across London to continue working together closely after the pandemic in order to tackle health inequalities across the capital.

Care home visits to resume in March

22/02/2021

Care home residents in England and Wales will be allowed one regular visitor from 8 March under plans to ease lockdown restrictions.

Government bans unregulated accommodation for vulnerable children

19/02/2021

Placing vulnerable children under the age of 16 in unregulated accommodation will be made illegal from September, the Government has announced.

Multi-million pound funding to tackle Long COVID

18/02/2021

Four research studies have been awarded £18.5m to explore the causes and effective treatment of Long COVID.

Councils call for extra cash for expanded shielding list

17/02/2021

Councils have called for more access to data and extra cash to deal with sharp spike in the number of people shielding from coronavirus.

Launch of COVID-19 vaccine uptake plan

15/02/2021

The Government has highlighted how vaccination buses and short films aimed at people with a learning disability are helping to boost vaccine uptake at a local level.

Disabled people accounted for six in 10 deaths from COVID-19 last year

12/02/2021

Figures have shown that six out of 10 people who died from COVID-19 last year were disabled.

Extended funding for projects for children with SEND

12/02/2021

The Government has extended funding for projects to support children with special educational needs and disabilities.

LGA responds to white paper plans to radically reform the NHS

11/02/2021

Council leaders have warned that local government needs to be an equal partner in the design of any national oversight of social care as the Government sets out its white paper plans to overhaul the NHS.

Social care should remain delivered by councils, says new report

10/02/2021

Tens of thousands of people could live more independent lives if councils keep hold of social care under government plans to overhaul health services, a new report has insisted.

Seven in ten local authorities offering rapid testing

10/02/2021

Rapid testing is now being offered by more than 70% of local authorities in England for people unable to work from home, latest figures show.

Fossil fuel air pollution causes one in five deaths every year, research shows

09/02/2021

Fossil fuel pollution is responsible for one in five deaths worldwide - much higher than previously thought - according to new research.

Report calls for a joined up public health approach to gangs

08/02/2021

Local authorities are failing to tackle the key drivers for youth violence in their areas, the Children's Commissioner has warned in a new report.

Surge testing expanded to other areas

08/02/2021

More local authorities will be deploying surge testing in a bid to stop the spread of the new COVID-19 variants.

Councils warn of 'harrowing' rise in serious child harm cases during pandemic

05/02/2021

The number of serious child-related incidents reported by councils has risen by more than a quarter during the pandemic, new figures show.

Councillors urged to become 'cancer champions'

04/02/2021

A network of Councillor Cancer Champions teams have been launched to help local communities stay healthy.

Over 10 million people receive first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in UK

04/02/2021

The Government has reported that almost one in five adults in the UK have had the COVID-19 vaccine, a significant milestone for the largest vaccination programme in British history.

Alcohol-related deaths hit record high during pandemic

03/02/2021

Alcohol-related deaths in England and Wales rose to record highs during the first nine months of 2020, official figures have revealed.

Local authorities to roll-out surge testing for South African COVID variant

02/02/2021

Up to 350,000 people will be tested for the South African COVID variant, after cases were discovered that could not be traced back to international travel.

Pandemic has exposed how 'fragile' social care system is, report warns

29/01/2021

The Government must urgently deliver on its pledge to fix social care, a coalition of 15 national health organisations has warned today.

Report finds strong gender divide in mental health of young people

28/01/2021

Local authority leaders have emphasised the importance of early intervention and prevention services when it comes to tackling mental health issues affecting young people, particularly during the pandemic.

Pandemic could impact children's mental health for years, report warns

28/01/2021

Damage to children's mental health caused by lockdown and school closures could last for years, the Children’s Commissioner has warned today.

Council leaders react to 'heartbreaking' 100,000 coronavirus deaths

27/01/2021

The Prime Minister has offered his ‘deepest condolences’ after figures revealed that more than 100,000 have now lost their lives due to COVID-19.

Councils secure funding to help boost take up of COVID-19 vaccine

25/01/2021

Over £23m has been allocated to 60 councils to encourage high-risk groups to have the COVID-19 vaccination.

New funding to improve life of mothers and babies

22/01/2021

The 19 projects chosen to share a £7.6m fund to reduce health inequalities among new mothers and babies have been announced by the Government.

Councils welcome £148m funding boost to cut misuse of drugs

20/01/2021

Five areas across England will pilot a new approach to tackling drug misuse under plans announced today by the Government.

Council pays mother £8,000 after failing to protect her from violent son

19/01/2021

Three young children were left without any protection from their violent older brother after Somerset County Council failed to help their family, Ombudsman finds.

Babies’ needs overlooked in COVID response

19/01/2021

A generation of babies risks being damaged by the fall-out from the pandemic without a concerted effort from local support systems to improve outcomes, says a new report.

Ten new COVID-19 mass vaccination centres opened

18/01/2021

Ten new mass vaccination centres are due to open in England this week with a million over-80s invited to receive the vaccine.

Council chiefs welcome £120m boost to social care workforce

18/01/2021

Local authority leaders have welcomed a multi-million-pound funding boost from the Government which is aimed at supporting the social care workforce.

Lords call for urgent action to improve health in old age

15/01/2021

The Government will miss its pledge of delivering five extra years of healthy living by 2035 without urgent action, Lords Committee has argued today.

Councils voice concerns over drop in number of children being active

15/01/2021

Less than half of children and young people are physically active for the recommended hour or more a day, a new survey has revealed.

Six areas secure funding to develop local health partnerships

14/01/2021

Six areas in England have been chosen to take part in a programme aimed at tackling health inequalities and improving the wellbeing of local communities.

Council chiefs call for mental health services funding

13/01/2021

Local authority leaders have urged the Government to ensure that councils’ mental health services receive the funding they require to meet ‘unmet demand’ in response to a landmark reform of mental health laws.

Council chiefs welcome ‘largest vaccination programme in British history’

12/01/2021

Local authority leaders have welcomed the Government’s announcement of the COVID-19 vaccination plan, but argue councils need more information to ensure everyone receives their jab promptly.

Commission proposes third option on integrated care

11/01/2021

The Health Devolution Commission (HDC) has called for a third 'health and prosperity' model of Integrated Care Systems.

Mass testing for asymptomatic COVID-19 rolled out to all local authorities

11/01/2021

All local authorities will be able to offer asymptomatic community testing to critical workers from this week.

Closure of leisure centres to cost £7.25m in missed health savings

08/01/2021

The continued closure of sport and leisure facilities during the latest lockdown will cost £7.25m in missed health savings, new analysis has revealed.

Welsh council takes over care home amid COVID-19 outbreak

06/01/2021

A county council in Wales has taken over the management of a private care home that has been severely affected by COVID-19.

Council ensures homeless people are offered COVID-19 vaccine

06/01/2021

Homeless people in Oldham are being given priority for COVID-19 vaccinations in a bid to stem the spread of the disease.

Majority of adults determined to lead healthier lifestyles in the face of COVID-19

05/01/2021

Seven in 10 adults say that the threat of the coronavirus has motivated them to lead healthier lives this year, a public health survey has revealed.

Major incidents over COVID declared

04/01/2021

Essex, Oxfordshire and Berkshire have declared major incidents amid fears the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases could overwhelm health services.

New COVID-19 vaccine rolled out

04/01/2021

The first people in the world are set to receive the Oxford University/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine today as the NHS expands COVID-19 vaccination programmes across the UK.

Hancock announces £149m grant to fund COVID-19 testing in care homes

24/12/2020

Care homes across the country are to be given access to a £149m grant to support the roll out of rapid coronavirus testing.

Government launches £7.5m loneliness package

23/12/2020

The Government has announced a £7.5m funding package to help tackle loneliness during the winter period.

York council issues warning after police hand out ‘shocking’ number of COVID fines

23/12/2020

City of York police have issued what they describe as a ‘shocking’ number of fines to tier 3 residents who visited the city last weekend.

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Tackling mistrust about vaccines

Dr Justin Varney looks at how Birmingham is working to tackle the ‘layers upon layers of mistrust’ among ethnic minority communities that is ‘now playing out in vaccine hesitancy’.
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