Northumberland Council unable to sign new care contracts

Over half of Northumberland's care homes have not signed contracts with the county council in a row over money, the BBC has reported.

Manchester City Council voices sorrow following terror attack

Manchester City Council has released a statement expressed its horror following the deaths of twenty-two people, including children, at a suicide attack at Manchester Arena.

‘Shaky foundations’ for social care plans

A former coalition government minister has warned that the Conservative Party plans to change social care funding may be derailed by councils.

Over 80s abandoned by social care system, Age UK reports

Age UK has called on political parties to put social care at the heart of their election manifestos as research has revealed that a third of over 80s are receiving inadequate care and support.

A new ‘dementia-friendly’ home aimed at learning how better to support those living with the condition will be constructed this Autumn.

Somerset schools to measure pupils weight

All of the primary schools in Somerset are to take part in the NCMP this year, in a bid to reduce childhood obesity.

Digital access to care information improving

The access of information and advice about local care services on local authority websites is witnessing ‘encouraging progress’.

Hedges can help cut pollution in cities

New research has argued that hedges are often better than trees at soaking up air pollution among tall buildings.

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.

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