The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on the government to issue a ban on junk food advertising near schools, nurseries and children’s centres, in a bid to tackle child obesity.

A consultation on the re-inspection of children’s services rated inadequate has just closed, and the LGA has warned that Ofsted is ‘falling significantly short’ of helping providers to improve.

According to think tank ResPublica, the government should provide a £3 billion ‘Fast Track Discharge Fund’ to tackle bed blocking in hospitals.

Simon Stevens, head of NHS England is setting out plans to build ten new housing developments with healthy living in mind.

Councils are reducing HIV services and leaving people with little or no support in their local towns, according to a campaign launched by a group of charities.

According to a report published by The Children’s Society, young carers are not being provided with enough early support from schools and local authorities.

New powers to raise council tax to support social care in 2016/17 will not raise enough to fix the current shortfall of funding, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on fizzy drink companies to display the sugar content of their products in teaspoons.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on the government to require pub, restaurant and cinema chains to publish the calorie content of their food and drink.

According to a report published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), the number of causal care staff employed by councils has fallen by 25 per cent over the past five years.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has claimed that the £700 million which is entitled to care services through the Better Care Fund should be released immediately, as opposed to in instalments over the next four years.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has criticised the government for failing to inform councils on how much funding they can expect to receive, allowing them little time to strategise budget plans for vital public health services.

Plymouth City Council has introduced a number of parking spaces designed specifically for people caring for those with dementia.

The District Councils’ Network (DCN) has called for the freedom to increase council tax to help improve health and care outcomes for their citizens.

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.

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