Public health budgets set to be slashed by £85m

Government figures suggest that the public health budget is still set to be cut by £85 million, despite reassurances by ministers.

One in three children need to be more active

One in three children currently complete less than 30 minutes of physical activity a day, which is half the government recommended time.

Review announced to improve the lives of autistic children

A new government review into services and support for autistic people will inform the new Joint Adults and Children Autism Strategy.

MPs say more evidence needed for energy drink ban

MPs have claimed that quantitative evidence alone is not sufficient to warrant a statutory ban on energy drinks sales to children.

Immediate action needed to tackle sugar consumption

There were over 45,000 hospital operations to remove teeth in teenagers and children last year.

Combustible materials banned on high-rise homes

The government is banning combustible materials on new high-rise homes and supporting to councils to carry out emergency remediation work.

Action necessary in council care complaints

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has launched its annual review of adult social care complaints.

School fruit and vegetable scheme needs revamp

The current school fruit and vegetable scheme needs revamping as it is failing in its mission to encourage young people to eat more fresh produce.

Public service spending higher in Wales

Wales continues to invest more in key public services than other parts of the UK, especially in health and social services.

Public support growing for sugar and calorie reduction

A new survey has revealed that around nine in 10 people support the government working with the food industry to make food healthier.

Health funding for north can change productivity

The north of England deserves a greater portion of NHS funding to help it close the health gap between the region and the south, says new report.

Care costs soaring for adults with learning disabilities

The costs of caring for adults with learning disabilities is projected to increase by almost £2 billion by 2025.

Five new Low Emission Bus Zones for London

The Mayor of London has delivered five new ‘clean air’ Low Emission Bus Zones in some of the capital’s worst polluted hotspots.

Nine social care digitisation projects gain funding

NHS Digital and the LGA have awarded funding to nine social care digitisation projects to create social care of the future.

National tax rises needed to fund further social care

Council leaders have urged the government to make the case for national tax rises to secure the long-term future of adult social care services.

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