Leading doctors and councils have labelled the government’s strategy to tackle childhood obesity in England as ‘weak’.

According to a study by Prestige Nursing + Care, the annual cost of a care home for elderly people has risen to over £30,000 annually, increasing well above the rate of pensioner incomes.

Liverpool City Council is considering plans to limit the number of fast food takeaways in the region, in a bid to reduce the number of people becoming obese.

Cambridge County Council has launched a six week consultation to help develop a healthy weight strategy, after figures showed one in five residents were obese.

A report by think-tank IPPR has argued that the devolution of health will not succeed unless Westminster relinquishes some control.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for tougher action on illegal tattooists who offer cheap prices in order to offer their services to young people under the age of 18.

Fife Council has offered an ‘amnesty’ on walking frames in the hope retrieving thousands of disability aids from people who no longer need them.

Liverpool City Council and Cancer Research UK have combined efforts to increase awareness of skin cancer and ensure the disease is firmly on the local authority’s health agenda.

Children’s charity Barnardo’s has claimed that too many young people in care are missing out on the support from independent mentors.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has defended highly paid public health roles, after a study by the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) claimed 105 public health employees working in local government earned over £100,000 in remuneration last year.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has urged councils to increase the number of free condoms they offer to young people, gay men and those most at risk of catching sexually transmitted infections (STI).

A report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has found the effects of poverty to have cost the UK an average of £78 billion per year, with the NHS bearing the brunt of the costs.

Barnsley Council cabinet members are due to vote on implementing a random drug and alcohol testing policy for employees.

The Health Select Committee has accused ministers of giving the wrong impression about how much they are spending on healthcare in England.

Research from the International Longevity Centre UK (ILC-UK) has warned that an increasing number of older people are living alone, without having adaptions installed to enable them to live independently.

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