Adult social care services close to collapsing

Senior council officials have warned that adult social care services in England are on the brink of collapse in some regions.

Loneliness initiatives cutting emergency hospital admissions

Extra funding will help councils build on effective prevention work to tackle loneliness, which has already saved millions and cut emergency hospital stays.

First joint ICT director for Buckinghamshire

Buckinghamshire County Council has appointed the region’s first ICT director with responsibility across a county council, NHS trust and CCG.

Child protection information sharing a priority

Nadhim Zahawi has urged councils and NHS organisations yet to implement a child protection information sharing system to do so.

BBC finds that sexual-health clinics facing closure

A BBC freedom of information request has found that at least 72 councils in England are planning to cut sexual-health funding this year.

Cuts cause loss of three million hours of home care

A new report has shown that the provision of home care services has fallen by a concerning three million hours since 2015.

Cyclists put off by potholes and traffic conditions

Britain’s potholes and having to share the road with large vehicles are the biggest factors stopping more people cycling.

Outdoor areas to be smoke-free in Wales by summer 2019

Wales is expected put smoke-free areas in hospital grounds, school grounds and playgrounds by summer 2019.

Councils should get more say over unhealthy food

A new report has claimed that local authorities need to be allowed to limit the proliferation of unhealthy food outlets in their areas.

22,000 children severely obese after primary school

New analysis by the LGA has revealed that more than 22,000 children aged 10 and 11 in Year 6 are classed as severely obese.

Council-run crisis support schemes failing people

The Children’s Society and the Church of England have warned that crisis support schemes run by local authorities are failing to operate effectively.

Sprinklers to be installed in all new Cornwall homes

Cornwall Council has pledged to keep residents safe from house fires by agreeing to install sprinklers in all homes the authority builds.

NHS and social care costs of air pollution calculated

PHE has released a new report and cost tool which calculates that the health and social care costs of air pollution could reach £5.3 billion by 2035.

Liverpool announces funding for grassroots sports

The Mayoral Active Sports Fund, worth £10,000, has been created to help encourage Liverpool residents, of all ages, to get fit and active.

Public campaign needed to tackle loneliness

The Royal College of GPs says that a national public campaign is needed to raise awareness of loneliness and social isolation across society.

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