Long-term sustainability of social care under threat, MPs warn

The Select Committee on the Long-term Sustainability of the NHS has published a report criticising the 'short sightedness' of successive governments for failing to plan effectively for the long-term future of the health service and adult social care.

 DWP launches reformed illness support packages

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed that the Personal Support Package aimed at helping people with health conditions will roll out from April, along with wider reforms to ensure a fair welfare system.

Children with special needs at risk of being turned away by schools, LGA warns

The Local Government Association (LGA) has cautioned that pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are at risk of being turned away by mainstream schools due to a lack of funding and rising demand.

Khan launches vehicle pollution checker

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has unveiled a new emission scoring scheme which allows motorists to identify and avoid buying the dirtiest diesel and most polluting petrol cars and vans.

Which? survey reveals councils with worst food hygiene enforcement

According to analysis of food safety enforcement data conducted by Which? one in every five eateries in the UK doesn’t meet food hygiene standards.

LGA calls for greater awareness of modern slavery

The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned that people need to be more aware of modern slavery, after figures have shown council referrals of potential victims have soared by 78 per cent.

LGA calls for ‘full flexibility’ on social care funding

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for ‘full flexibility’ in how they use the £2 billion in new social care funding announced in the Budget, ahead of guidance due to be published by government on how it should be spent.

Norfolk County Council fined £60k for careless data management

Norfolk County Council has been issued with a £60,000 penalty after it was revealed confidential files regarding vulnerable children had been left in a cabinet which was sent to a second-hand shop.

Joint inquiry launched into UK air pollution crisis

Four select committees have launched a joint inquiry on air quality to scrutinise cross-government plans to tackle urban pollution hotspots.

LGA and PHE raise concern over poor rural health

A new joint report, published by the Local Government Association (LGA) and Public Health England (PHE), has warned that not enough is known about the health and well-being of people living in the countryside.

53 crimes committed against MPs

The Met's parliamentary liaison and investigation team has reported a total of 53 hate crimes committed against MPs in the six months between August and early February.

95 UK council care firm contracts cancelled over lack payments

According to a BBC Panorama investigation, 95 UK councils have had their contract with care firms cancelled because the firms were unable to deliv

Blackpool Council issues £9m loan for local hospitals

Blackpool Council has agreed to grant a £9 million loan for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust's front-line services, from its £100 million business loan fund.

DCMS announces chair of social Youth Social Action Review

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has appointed Steve Holliday as the chair of the Youth Full-Time Social Action review.

Unison calls on councils to improve monitoring of home care services

Unison Scotland has warned that direct contract monitoring of social service users is very limited and that few visits are made to check service users are receiving contracted levels of care.

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