Smoking rates in England have fallen to the lowest on record, with the availability of e-cigarettes a likely reason for the drop.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has has called on the government to legally compel food manufacturers to include ‘traffic light’ nutrition labels on packages.

Powys Council cabinet has agreed to develop a new trading company to run 12 Bupa Care Ltd homes across the county, after its contract with the group expires in May.

The government has announced a £25 million housing and technology fund to help people with learning disabilities live independently.

Government-funded care for the elderly is becoming increasingly rationed, leaving growing numbers to fend for themselves, a review has suggested.

The Department of Health has announced a new £816 million investment to fund NHS research into mental health, dementia and antimicrobial resistance.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is campaigning for a ‘new deal’ to alleviate poverty in the UK by 2030.

Doctors prescribing outdoor exercise to patients would see more people doing physical activity, councils claim.

The Women and Equalities Committee has warned that ‘urgent action’ is needed to protect expectant mothers at work from discrimination.

A lack of money and further expected budget cuts is putting parks in Brighton and Hove at risk, according to the City Council.

According to survey by Citizens Advice, three out of five people who have withdrawn money from their pension savings have not planned for how they will meet future care costs.

Wigan council has launched a new fully-funded eighteen month fitness programme in a bid to tackle childhood obesity.

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.

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