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‘Outdated’ pollution warning systems putting swimmers at risk

Swimmers could be at risk of bathing in sewage due to an ‘outdated’ pollution warning system, researchers at the University of Reading have warned.

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Council chiefs hit back at Defra’s air quality demands


Councils do not hold the ‘important levers to tackle air quality’, council leaders have said in response to the environment secretary’s clean air plans.

‘Vast majority’ of social housing free from mould


Local authority leaders say they will continue driving up social housing standards as regulator finds the vast majority of social housing is free from mould.

Ombudsman publishes record keeping 'good practice' guide


A new guide to help care providers learn from complaints involving record keeping was today published.

County leaders call for tech solutions to social care issues


Digital technology is a crucial step in reforming adult social care, according to the County Councils Network.

Children’s social care reform fails to address £1.6bn shortfall


Local government organisations have welcomed a new strategy for children’s social services but warned the proposed £200m of funding falls short.

Council charges elderly man for home care without agreement


The Ombudsman has upheld a complaint by a man in his 80s who was charged for home care services by Trafford Council without his agreement.

Sector given role in NHS plan


Local government will join an ‘expert group’ with the community sector and care providers to ‘build adult social care capacity’ as part of a new NHS plan.

Scottish councils call for ‘whole system’ approach to care


Urgent investment and a ‘whole system’ approach are needed to make progress developing the social care workforce, COSLA has warned.

Stop blaming social care for NHS crisis, care leader say


Social care leaders have told the Government to stop blaming the social care sector for the NHS crisis.

Woman with schizophrenia lay dead in council flat for four years


Surrey County Council has committed to taking a full part in the inquest into a woman with schizophrenia who was found dead in her flat after four years.

Charity calls for ‘buddy’ scheme for parents raised in care


A children’s charity has called for more support to be provided to new parents who spent their own childhoods in the care system.

Sugar levy prevented 5,000 cases of obesity every year


Council leaders have called on the Government to recommit to the sugar levy as a new study reveals it prevented more than 5,000 cases of obesity every year.

Unlawful under-payment of care workers ‘widespread’


Social care workers face unsafe working conditions and unlawfully low wages but still have high levels of job satisfaction, think tank finds.

Council put hundreds of tenants at 'potential risk'


Sheffield City Council has been scolded by the regulator for putting hundreds of tenants at ‘potential risk’ after failing to carry out gas safety checks.

Council apologises for failing to fix two-year-old leak


Leeds City Council acknowledges there were failings within its repair service that led to a resident living with damp in both the kitchen and bathroom.

Archbishops publish plan to fix ‘broken social care system’


Local authority leaders have welcomed a call from the Church of England to increase investment in communities and to introduce a National Care Covenant.

Schools should be better utilised for local safeguarding, report says


Schools and primary care networks should be better utilised in supporting Local Safeguarding Partnerships, a new report into foster care has concluded.

Mental health emergency services to receive £150m


Patients experiencing a mental health emergency will soon be able to benefit from 150 new facilities dedicated to supporting mental health urgent care.

Council chiefs call for ‘clarity’ on addiction services funding


Council leaders have called for ‘urgent clarity’ on how addiction services will be funded after the figures reveal a rise in number of people seeking help.

Councillors call for ‘polluter pays’ levy on tobacco


Local councillors have urged the Government to introduce a ‘polluter pays’ levy on tobacco manufacturers and to replace the expired plan to control tobacco.

Funding cuts reduce health visitor force by 40%


The number of health visitors has plummeted by nearly 40% since 2015 due to public health grant cuts, local authority leaders warn.

Roll-out of school mental health support teams could save £1.8bn


The urgent roll-out of Mental Health Support Teams across schools in England could provide a ‘significant’ cost saving for the public sector, charity says.

New chief sought for integrated care board


Recruitment specialists Penna have been chosen to search for a new chief for the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West Integrated Care Board.

Child at risk of gang violence because of council failings


A four-year-old child was placed at risk of gang violence because of failings by Croydon council, the ombudsman has ruled.

Call for action as London remains ‘epicentre of homelessness’


London Councils is calling for action following a report from the housing charity Shelter showing that one in 58 Londoners is homeless.

Council pleads guilty to health and safety breach after Ella Henderson death


Newcastle City Council’s boss has said new procedures have been put in place after the local authority pleaded guilty to a health and safety breach.

Majority of councils considering leisure services cuts


Council leaders call for strategy to save leisure centres as report warns of cuts to leisure services as post-Olympics sports boom fails to materialise.

Short-term care placements receive £200m boost


The Government is making available £200m to help secure local care home spaces so that patients can be safely discharged from overcrowded hospitals.

Tenants warn grant cut will create homelessness


Council tenants are warning that many will be forced onto the streets because of cuts to Discretionary Housing Payments.

Drop national care plan, say Scottish councils


Council leaders in Scotland have called for their Government’s plans for a new national care service to be dropped.

15 minutes not enough for dementia visits, ombudsman rules


Warrington Council has accepted ombudsman investigation that care workers repeatedly stayed for less than 15 minutes at the home of a patient with dementia.

People with disabilities more likely to struggle this winter, says poverty group


Problems for disabled people heating their homes and cutting back on food are highlighted in a new report from the Resolution Foundation.

Local support is a ‘bulwark against despair’, say London councils


More government support is needed to help people deal with problems including domestic abuse, flooding and redundancy, say a group of councils in London.

'Shocking' findings on children in care


A charity campaigning for children in care is calling on the Government to address the instability faced by many children in the care system.

Social prescribing support receives £3.6m boost


More than £3.6m of Government funding has been awarded to the National Academy of Social Prescribing to support mental health and wellbeing.

Council chiefs issue cost-of-living crisis fire warning


Local authority leaders yesterday reminded residents to be careful when using candles for lighting or heating this Christmas.

CQC delays new care inspections


The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has announced it is to delay the introduction of its new adult care assessments.

Carers need 41% pay rise to equal NHS equivalents


Social care workers would need a 41% pay rise to achieve parity with their NHS equivalents, new research reveals.

Social care requests almost hits two million


Local authority leaders have warned that this will be ‘one of their toughest winters yet’ as the number of requests for care reaches almost two million.

SEND pupils ‘unfairly excluded’, charity says


Pupils with additional needs have said they are unfairly excluded from mainstream schools because of racism and a lack of understanding from professionals.

Council fined £5,000 after autistic boy left without education


Oxfordshire County Council has been told to pay £5,000 to the mother of an autistic boy to make up for a year of missed education.

Children’s services deal with nearly 220,000 urgent referrals


Children’s services dealt with 217,800 of the most urgent referrals – those in which significant abuse or harm is suspected – during 2021-22, study reveals.

Check on the vulnerable this winter, council chiefs say


Directors of public health and local authority leaders have urged people to check on the most vulnerable as temperatures across the country drop.

Minister accepts early intervention is 'critical'


Early intervention is ‘critical,’ minister concedes as Government told to publish its delayed plan for implementing children’s social care recommendations.

Deaths caused by alcohol reach 'record high'


Council leaders have called for a 'concerted approach' to tackling alcohol dependency after figures showed the number of deaths caused by alcohol has hit a record high.

Croydon council criticised for failing to provide respite care


Croydon council has been criticised for failing to provide respite care for the mother of a disabled teenager because it would cost too much.

Council apologises after failing boy with Autism


Redcar and Cleveland Council have apologised after failing to provide respite care for the family of a boy with complex special educational needs.

Poor health 'undermining UK economy' think tank warns


Mental health problems are the most common reason for people being unable to work new research has revealed.

Charity calls for better social care support from councils


Almost four in five people in England say they know little to nothing about how paying for social care services works, an older person’s charity has found.

Number of recorded smokers reaches all-time low


The number of people smoking has fallen to 13% in 2021, the lowest level on record, official figures have revealed.

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The new Centre for Young Lives

Anne Longfield CBE, the chair of the Commission on Young Lives, discusses the launch of the Centre for Young Lives this month.
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