Uttlesford District Council has announced the purchase of a 50 per cent share in Chesterford Research Park.

Road accidents biggest killer of adolescents, WHO says

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released international data indicating that road injuries were the leading cause of adolescent death among 10–19-year-olds, resulting in approximately 115,000 teenage deaths in 2015.

Domestic abuse against young grows, charity warns

Recent analysis by Buttle UK has shown a ‘staggering growth’ in the number of young victims exposed to domestic abuse with figures showing that the number of grants awarded to families affected by domestic abuse rose by 22 per cent between 2015 and 2016.

 Councils face £2bn gap to support vulnerable children, LGA highlights

New analysis by the Local Government Association (LGA) has highlighted a £2 billion funding gap is expected to open by 2020 as pressures facing children’s services are rapidly becoming unsustainable.

Only a third of councils understand ACS process

Research by Localis has indicated that only a third of council members have a clear understanding of how an accountable care system (ACS) works, prompting concerns over the future integration between health and social care as part of an ACS.

Judge calls to end separation of elderly couples

Speaking at the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (Adass) conference, Sir James Mundy, president of the family division of the High Court, has criticised the separation of elderly couples when one or both are moved into care homes as ‘inhumane’.

 Smoking should be banned in new council homes, FPH proposes

Prof John Middleton, president of the Faculty of Public Health, has advised that smoking should be banned in some new council homes to protect the health of children.

Suffolk Council to deliver £35,000 social prescribing pilot

Suffolk Coastal District Council has received £35,000 in funding to help deliver an innovative health project in Leiston, to help give people with long term health conditions non-medical support from the local community.

 Government clean air plan labelled ‘weak’

The government has published its plan to improve air quality by reducing nitrogen dioxide levels in the UK, following delays and legal battles with environment groups.

10 per cent of councils cut adult social care by a quarter

A new report by researchers at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) which analyses official spending data on councils’ social care spending has found one-in-ten authorities made cuts of more than a quarter.

Positive social care linked to reduced dementia

According to new research published by researchers from the University of East Anglia (UEA), University College London (UCL), London Metropolitan University and the University of Nottingham, positive social support from adult children is associated with reduced risk of developing dementia.

Reform school approach to mental health, committee concludes

The Health and Education Committees has published a report warning that financial pressures are restricting the provision of mental health services in schools and colleges.

MPs highlight impact of Brexit on social care

The House of Commons Health Committee has published a report on the effect of Brexit on health and social care.

Government fails in delaying air pollution plan

Despite a late bid to delay publication of its the pollution strategy, the government has been ordered to release it before the June election.

HIV progress stunted by complex health system, report shows

A new report from The King’s Fund has outlined that the complexity of the health system in England, including the need for councils to better integrate with health services, is holding back progress in meeting the needs of people with HIV.

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