Joint inquiry launched into UK air pollution crisis

Four select committees have launched a joint inquiry on air quality to scrutinise cross-government plans to tackle urban pollution hotspots.

LGA and PHE raise concern over poor rural health

A new joint report, published by the Local Government Association (LGA) and Public Health England (PHE), has warned that not enough is known about the health and well-being of people living in the countryside.

53 crimes committed against MPs

The Met's parliamentary liaison and investigation team has reported a total of 53 hate crimes committed against MPs in the six months between August and early February.

95 UK council care firm contracts cancelled over lack payments

According to a BBC Panorama investigation, 95 UK councils have had their contract with care firms cancelled because the firms were unable to deliv

Blackpool Council issues £9m loan for local hospitals

Blackpool Council has agreed to grant a £9 million loan for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust's front-line services, from its £100 million business loan fund.

DCMS announces chair of social Youth Social Action Review

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has appointed Steve Holliday as the chair of the Youth Full-Time Social Action review.

Unison calls on councils to improve monitoring of home care services

Unison Scotland has warned that direct contract monitoring of social service users is very limited and that few visits are made to check service users are receiving contracted levels of care.

Hammond announces social care funding

The Chancellor has presented the Budget, with the announcement of £2 billion to be spent on social care over the next three years.

Wrexham accused of not doing its job to tackle drugs

Local Labour MP Ian Lucas has accused Wrexham council of ‘not doing its job’ to effectively tackle drug problems in the town.

78 per cent of MPs believe more money should go to social care budgets

New polling by the Local Government Association (LGA) has shown that 78 per cent of MPs believe that additional funding should go to councils' social care budgets.

Caerphilly Council home to most polluted street outside London

Hafodyrynys Road in Crumlin in Caerphilly has been highlighted as the UK's most polluted street outside London.

Bowden Derra Park, a mental health care home under investigation by Cornwall Council, has banned the local authority's officials from visiting the site.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on the government to drop the current limit for drink driving, from 80mg to 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.

Social care not just a concern for elderly, LGA warns

The Local Government Association (LGA), has reminded that social care is not just about providing care for elderly people, claiming bigger financial pressures on councils include providing care for people with learning disabilities.

Newcastle sets up new radical approach to waste

A team of waste management experts have joint together to form the Newcastle Waste Commission, to tackle the city’s ‘mountain of waste’.

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