Environmental scientists from Plymouth University analysed paint samples from 50 playgrounds and found high levels of toxic metals, posing a risk to the health of young children.

NHS chief executive Simon Stevens has proposed a 20 per cent tax on all sugary drinks and foods in NHS cafes by 2020.

Prime Minister David Cameron is set to announce a £400m funding boost for mental health services as part of a £1 billion investment.

A cross-party commission to review future funding and structure of health and care services in England, will be proposed in the House of Commons by former minister Norman Lamb on 7 January

The government is set to create a single Public Service Ombudsman (PSO) in a bid to simplify the process of making complaints about public services.

A new study conducted by Comensura’s Social Care Index has found that a greater demand for trained social care workers over 35 could result in a shortage of experienced younger care workers when their older colleagues retire.

Parents in the UK are unhappy with local play facilities for children and think more funding should be allocated, according to research from the Association of Play Industries (API).

MP’s have agreed a tax on sugary drinks should be introduced as a measure to tackle child obesity in England.

Health bosses have been counselled to show ‘restraint’ when managing senior management pay, after new research has revealed more than 50,0000 employees receive over £100,000 in pay in 2013/14.

A report by ukacitve has called for leisure centres to be protected from cuts and closures due to the role they play in promoting exercise.

Ministers have confirmed the government’s flagship Better Care Fund (BCF) integration scheme will be extended until at least 2017.

According to research conducted by the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), roadsweepers and care workers could lose up to £2,000 per year as a result of the Chancellor’s proposed tax credits.

A report published by The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has counselled that further integration of health and social care services will require ‘significant’ investment and cannot be relied upon to make savings in the short term.

According to a report conducted by Age UK, the government budget allocations for the oncoming year suggest social care budgets will fall by a further £470 million, adding to an already existing crisis in health and social care for elderly people.

A new online resource has been set up to help local authorities spot the negative impacts housing conditions can have on health.

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