Health and Social Care

Unpaid young carers work ’25 hours a week’, charity says

18/02/2020
Young carers spend on average 25 hours a week caring for loved ones – the equivalent of over £12,000 a year on a part-time carer’s wage, according to new research.

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Councils to receive share of £4.5m to roll out digital social care projects

11/02/2020

Sixteen organisations that provide adult social care services are to receive a share of £4.5m to enable them to roll out digital projects on a wider scale.

Research highlights under-funding of independent care homes

11/02/2020

Care homes operated by local authorities receive over 40% more in weekly fees than independent homes, despite no difference in standards or quality of care, research has shown.

Care denied to 700,000 older people, charity reveals

07/02/2020

Around 700,000 older people have had their request for care turned down in the past year, analysis by a charity has discovered.

Council announces £4.4m for ‘significantly declined’ children’s services

07/02/2020

Hull City Council has announced a series of measures to improve children’s services after Ofsted concluded that the experiences of children in care had ‘significantly declined.’

Scotland has ‘highest rate’ of homeless deaths in Britain, figures reveal

06/02/2020

Scotland has over twice the number of homelessness deaths than England, ‘experimental statistics’ reveal.

London aims to be ‘first city’ to stop new HIV infections

05/02/2020

Over 30 organisations have joined together in an effort to make London the first city in the world to stop new HIV infections.

Public health cuts leading to 'spiralling' STI rates

05/02/2020

Local authority leaders have called for more investment into public health services as a new report reveals that there is an STI diagnosis every 70 seconds in England.

Best practice to help children avoid reaching crisis point

04/02/2020

Historic underfunding and a fragmented system are preventing councils from stopping more children from reaching crisis point, a new report has found.

Local agencies 'woefully ill-equipped' to stop child abuse

04/02/2020

Children are being left at risk because local agencies – including social care – are often ‘woefully ill-equipped’ to prevent and respond to child sex abuse in families, four inspectorates have warned.

A quarter of population exposed to toxic air, charity warns

04/02/2020

A quarter of people in the UK are living in areas with dangerous levels of air pollution, a new study has warned today.

Nearly 300 children start smoking every day, figures show

03/02/2020

Campaigners have called for tobacco manufacturers to pay to end smoking after figures show 280 children in England start smoking every day.

Number of schools commissioning mental health support ‘doubles’

03/02/2020

The number of schools commissioning professional help for children’s mental health issues has almost doubled in the last four years, a survey has revealed.

Commission puts health devolution back on political agenda

03/02/2020

A new Commission calling for the devolution of health and social care services has been launched today.

Council offers pioneering family therapy to reduce gang crime

31/01/2020

Redbridge Council has become the first in the UK to deliver a ground-breaking family therapy service for young people at risk of joining gangs.

'Chasm' exists in children's mental health services, Commissioner warns

30/01/2020

There is a ‘chasm’ between what mental health services children need and what is available, the Children’s Commissioner for England has warned today.

Thousands miss out on drug services due to cuts, charity finds

29/01/2020

At least 12,000 people experiencing homelessness missed out on vital drug and alcohol services last year, new research has revealed.

Charity warns funding crisis ‘biggest issue’ facing domestic abuse sector

28/01/2020

Nearly two thirds of refuge referrals were declined last year, a charity for survivors of domestic abuse has discovered.

Indoor air pollution linked to respiratory problems in children

28/01/2020

Doctors call for local authorities to be given more powers to deal with air quality in homes and schools as a new study links indoor air pollution with respiratory problems in children.

One in 19 deaths in cities due to air pollution, think tank reveals

27/01/2020

A think tank has urged councils to take urgent action to improve air quality in cities after research reveals that more than one in 19 deaths in urban areas is caused by pollution.

Think tank launches new strategy to tackle ‘poor health outcomes’

24/01/2020

The King’s Fund has announced a new strategy which places a ‘stronger focus’ on improving health and care services for people who currently have the poorest health outcomes.

Dementia patients being 'stranded' in hospitals

22/01/2020

More than 1,000 people with dementia are being admitted into A&E every day, new data has revealed.

Norfolk conducts major review to improve safeguarding practices

22/01/2020

A new task force will be set up in Norfolk to improve safeguarding across the county.

Commission calls for action on ‘unequal risk of mental ill health’

21/01/2020

Some groups of people have a much higher risk of poor mental health than others, the Commission for Equality in Mental Health has found.

Regional inequality impacts girls’ ‘quality of life’

20/01/2020

Inequality between the UK’s regions means that some girls are being ‘left behind’, a children’s charity has warned.

Youth service funding cut by 70% over decade

20/01/2020

A whole generation of young people have been ‘robbed’ of youth centres due to cuts, a union has warned.

London boroughs welcome ‘substantial progress’ in reducing HIV

17/01/2020

Local authorities in London have welcomed new figures which show substantial progress on reducing HIV rates in the capital.

Union calls for Sanctuary Care homes to be brought ‘back in-house’

14/01/2020

Unite is urging councils who have contracts with Sanctuary Care to bring them ‘in-house’ after a criminal investigation was launched into one of its homes.

Funding cuts put 2030 smokefree target ‘at risk’

14/01/2020

Funding shortages for local tobacco control could put the 2030 smokefree target at risk, campaigners have warned today.

Council apologises for ‘significant failings’ in SEND provision

14/01/2020

Richmond council has acknowledged that there were ‘significant failings’ in its provision of special educational needs and disability services after a critical Ombudsman report.

Parents forced to wait 18 months for autism diagnosis

14/01/2020

Parents are facing a wait of more than 18 months to find out if their child has autism, a new poll has revealed.

Thirty councils accused of ‘short changing’ independent care homes

13/01/2020

A charity has found 30 councils are paying less than £500 a week for an older person in an independent residential care home, the equivalent of just £2.97 per hour.

Air pollution 'major public health emergency’, charity warns

13/01/2020

Heart and circulatory disease deaths attributed to particulate matter air pollution could exceed 160,000 over the next decade in the UK, according to a health charity.

A quarter of children rejected for mental health support, report finds

10/01/2020

More than a quarter of young people referred for mental health treatment are being turned away from help, a new report has revealed.

Cuts drive up the number of children in care by nearly 30%

09/01/2020

Council chiefs have warned that the care system is ‘reaching breaking point’ as figures reveal that the number of children in care has risen by more than a quarter over the past decade.

Report calls for end of 'age apartheid'

07/01/2020

Radical action is needed to create ‘a country for all ages’ by 2030, according to a report published today.

Parents of children with mental health issues left to ‘fend for themselves’

03/01/2020

Seven out of 10 parents with children who suffer from mental health problems say they fear for their children due to poor quality of mental health services.

Councils thank ‘festive force’ of care workers

24/12/2019

Local authority leaders in London have thanked the 22,000 care workers who will be working on Christmas day this year.

Thousands of children passed around care system ‘like parcels’, report warns

24/12/2019

A new report published today has revealed that thousands of children in the care system are living ‘many miles’ away from family and friends.

Half of young carers ‘feel responsible’ for providing a good Christmas

20/12/2019

Nearly half of young carers feel responsible for giving their family a good Christmas, according to a new survey.

Elderly save the state £23bn a year by providing unpaid care

19/12/2019

A new study has revealed how some of the oldest in society save the health and care system £23bn a year by providing free care to loved ones.

‘Inadequate’ West Sussex children’s services moved to trust

18/12/2019

West Sussex County Council’s children’s services have been moved into an independent trust after Ofsted found they were ‘inadequate’.

Children’s home closed due to safeguarding concerns

17/12/2019

A specialist children’s home in Gloucestershire has temporarily closed because of safeguarding and safety concerns.

Foster carers experience high-levels of ‘burnout’, study reveals

16/12/2019

Psychologists have called for more support to be provided to foster carers after a new study reveals the extent of ‘burnout’ in the sector.

Foster parents at risk of burnout and stress, study warns

12/12/2019

Foster carers are more likely to suffer from secondary traumatic stress due to their exposure to the trauma stories of their foster children, a study has revealed.

Council fined £500,000 after death of woman with dementia

10/12/2019

A council has been fined half a million pounds and has apologised following the death at one of their care homes of a woman with dementia.

New figures reveal exercise inequalities

06/12/2019

Children from less affluent families are less likely to participate in physical activity than their wealthier peers.

Majority of people support tax rises to solve social care crisis

06/12/2019

Two thirds of people want tax increases to pay for health and social care, a new poll has revealed.

Air pollution like smoking 150 cigarettes a year, charity warns

05/12/2019

People living in areas that have high levels of air pollution have an increased risk of death equivalent to smoking over 150 cigarettes a year, charity warns.

Council fined over £1m after child suffers ‘life-changing head injury'

05/12/2019

Hampshire County Council has been fined £1.4m after a child suffered a head injury caused by an unsecured street bollard.

Bed delays to hit 2.5m days since last election

04/12/2019

More than 2.5m bed days will have been lost in the NHS due to a lack of social care since the last General Election, new analysis has concluded.

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Creating communities for all ages

Bringing younger and older people together produces dividends, says Stephen Burke, who outlines how councils can encourage more intergenerational care and living.
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Revolutionising mental health

Cllr Jasmine Ali explains how Southwark Council is putting plans into action to revolutionise children’s mental health in Southwark.
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