Referral and assessment 'lottery’ for autistic patients

The Liberal Democrats have revealed that children and adults in England can face a wait of more than two years for an autism assessment.

Older people living with unmet care needs rising

More older people than ever are missing out on the vital care and support they need, with a 19 per cent increase seen in the last two years.

New law passed to protect vulnerable people in care

The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill seeks to protect the rights of people who do not have the mental capacity to make decisions about their care.

National taxation key to solving adult social care

89 per cent of councils believe that national taxation should be part of the financial solution to the adult social care crisis.

CQC launches ‘Learning from safety incidents’ resources

The CQC has published a new series of resources to help health and care organisations ensure the safety and well-being of people using their services.

Poorest areas in England becoming fast food hotspots

England’s poorest areas are becoming fast food hotspots, with as many as five times more outlets found in these communities than in the most affluent.

£105m boost for joined up care in Wales

A £10 million a year fund will be boosted to £105 million over the next three years to help deliver more joined up care closer to home in Wales.

Social Care Premium urged to fund personal care for all

Two Commons committees have urged for a sustainable funding solution for adult social care, including a call for a new tax on over-40s.

Measures to halve childhood obesity announced

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced a range of new measures to cut childhood obesity in half by 2030.

Funding for 12 councils to explore social care innovation

NHS Digital and the LGA have chosen 12 councils to explore how technology and digital innovation could help shape the future of social care.

One in three children growing up in toxic air zones

New analysis by Unicef UK has revealed that one in three children in the UK are growing up in areas with unsafe levels of particulate pollution.

Delays to social care paper frustrating

Social care leaders have expressed frustration at the government’s decision to postpone the much-needed Social Care Green Paper.

Consultation on banning combustible cladding published

James Brokenshire has published a consultation on banning the use of combustible materials on the external walls of high-rise residential buildings.

Care providers deprived of necessary funding

The Independent Care Group has said that social care has again been deprived of the lifeline it needs as the NHS receives £20 billion.

Glasgow set for Scotland's first Low Emission Zone

Proposals to introduce Scotland's first Low Emission Zone in Glasgow city centre by the end of 2018 have moved a step closer.

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