The Environment Agency (EA) has set out what it is doing to reduce methane emissions in England in a new Methane Action Plan for 2024 to 2026.

Key services providing support to people with social care needs and learning disabilities have been brought under the direct control of Bath & North East Somerset Council.

Young people who have been in care in London can now get free prescriptions, discounted travel and housing support as part of the Pan London Care Leavers Compact, a city-wide support offer launching today. 

Legislation for the introduction of a National Care Service for Scotland (NCS) has passed the first stage in Parliament.

The Scottish government has released legislation to propose a ban on the sale and supply of single-use vapes by April 2025.

Care Home deaths fall to pre-pandemic levels

The number of deaths in UK care homes has dropped below pre-Covid levels for the first time, according to new data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Fit for the Future - the District Role in Health Wellbeing shows that engagement of just over 1 million of the inactive population of England in a prescribed leisure services programme could, over a ten year period, provide a direct saving to the NHS of £314 million for the cost of treatment.

Complacency over ‘eye watering’ levels of fraud in Covid scheme

MPs have said that the government was ‘complacent in preventing fraud’ in the 100 per cent taxpayer-guaranteed Bounceback Loan Scheme.

Third of adults think mental health has deteriorated

A Nuffield Health survey has indicated that as many as one in three adults believe their mental health has deteriorated over the past year.

MPs urged to protect constituents from crippling care costs

MPs in Yorkshire, the Midlands and North East have been urged to vote against the government’s social care cap amendment.

MPs urge 40 year deadline for asbestos removal

The government should commit to a strategy to remove all asbestos from public and commercial buildings within 40 years, say MPs.

Most deprived areas to improve drug treatment

50 local authorities in some of the most deprived areas in England will receive enhanced funding to rebuild drug treatment services.

Private rented housing ‘failing’ to provide safe homes

The Public Accounts Committee has warned that 13 per cent of rented homes ‘pose a serious threat to the health and safety of renters’.

£9m short breaks fund for Welsh unpaid carers

Unpaid carers of all ages in Wales are set to benefit from a short breaks fund after a £9 million investment from the Welsh Government.

New calorie labelling rules come into force

New rules requiring calorie information to be displayed on menus and food labels has come into force to tackle obesity levels.

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Event Diary

UKREiiF has quickly become a must-attend in the industry calendar for Government departments and local authorities.

The multi-award-winning UK Construction Week (UKCW), is the UK’s biggest trade event for the built environment that connects the whole supply chain to be the catalyst for growth and positive change in the industry.

The organisers of the world’s largest dedicated hydrogen event, World Hydrogen 2024 Summit & Exhibition have announced it’s return to Rotterdam in May 2024, with an expansion of a whole extra summit day. Sustainable Energy Council (SEC) are partnering with the Government of the Netherlands, the Province of Zuid-Holland, the City of Rotterdam, and the Port of Rotterdam to host an extended, larger scale Summit in 2024, to expand the event to meet the surging demand.