Councils in England and Wales could be given power to increase council taxes to fund the social care system, it has been reported.

The Fire Brigades Union have warned that budget cuts are beginning to slowly undermine the effectiveness of fire services in England and Wales.

The campaign group Doctors Against Diesel have joined the argument for banning diesel vehicles in London.

Transform Ageing, a new initiative to better support the needs of people in later life living in the South West has been launched.

Local authorities spend an average of less than one per cent of their public health budget on mental health, Mind has claimed.

The Commons Communities & Local Government Committee has found that 90 per cent of the public visit a park at least once a week.

New rules banning the advertising of junk food or drink products in children’s media have been announced.

Sadiq Khan has announced that £875 million will be invested in action to improve the quality of the Capital’s air through to 2021/22.

A new report has highlighted the role that employment plays in improving the self-worth of people with drug and alcohol addictions.

Bus operator First West Yorkshire has pledged £71 million to provide a fleet of 284 low-emission buses to the city of Leeds by 2020.

Vulnerable older people should be offered befriending programmes or exercise classes to prevent loneliness, experts have said.

A study being carried out by former health minister Dr Dan Poulter and King’s College London will survey MPs on their mental health, asking questions about their sense of self-worth and drinking habits.

Barnsley Council has to be criticised over claims it has denied nurses and health visitors an extra day’s holiday, which was awarded to council staff as a reward for achieving a gold award from Investors in People.

Housing charity Shelter has released analysis showing more than a quarter of a million people are homeless in England.

According to a survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and Halogen Employee Outlook, two-thirds of public sector employees were satisfied with their jobs, the highest level since autumn 2012.

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