Individual costs for social care to be capped

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt confirmed that any new system of funding social care will be capped and pledged further support for struggling councils.

Greater Manchester named UK’s first age-friendly city region

The World Health Organization has recognised Greater Manchester as the UK’s first age-friendly city region as it launches an age-friendly strategy.

Elderly falls set to cause 1,000 admissions a day

The LGA has warned that the number of hospital admissions due to an older person falling is set to rise to nearly 1,000 a day by the end of the decade.

£26 million boost to school breakfast clubs

The Department for Education has announced a £26 million investment to run morning clubs in schools in the most disadvantaged areas.

Manchester to increase care pay to Living Wage level

Manchester City Council has announced plans to increase the pay of the city’s home care assistants by £1 an hour.

Councils in child abuse reporting alliance

The LGA and some local councils are supporting a new campaign to tackle child abuse and neglect and increase confidence in reporting incidents.

Emergency care fund 'crisis spending' fears

A new report by iMPOWER has detailed how councils have used the £2 billion Improved Better Care Fund since it was announced last Spring.

Care home quality deteriorating in one in five authorities

Independent Age says the proportion of care homes rated ‘inadequate’ or ‘requires improvement’ increased in one in five local authority areas last year.

MPs call for end of 'poisonous air' emergency

Four Commons committees have urged for an end to the UK's ‘poisonous air’ emergency and demanded a faster phase-out of petrol and diesel cars.

Public health funding risk in worst-hit areas

The BMA has warned that council-run public health is heading in the ‘wrong direction’ with funding ’significantly reduced’ over recent years.

New Air Quality Action Plan for Cambridge

Cambridge City Council has set out a new Air Quality Action Plan to improve areas of poor air quality and maintain areas of good air quality.

Funnel more tax towards social care, says CIPFA

CIPFA has urged the government to funnel more tax towards social care as part of its social care Green Paper wish list.

Northamptonshire under investigation over £10m ‘claw-back’

Northamptonshire County Council is being investigated over allegations it used ring-fenced funding for public health to support other services.

Lack of collaboration causing mental health ‘crisis point’

Too many young people are finding themselves at ‘crisis point’ before accessing mental health services because public services are not effectively working together.

Gov to provide extra £1 million for cladding

Tamara Finkelstein has outlined how councils will share £1 million to identify private high-rise buildings that may be clad in unsafe building materials.

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