England nature plans lacking in policies

A draft 25-year government plan for nature in England has been criticised by campaigners for its lack of policies.

Multi-agency group formed to tackle modern slavery

A new multi-agency group organised by the Shiva Foundation, Hertfordshire CC, the Hertfordshire Constabulary and the Police Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, has been formed to help staff identify and prevent modern slavery.

DCMS to introduce device to block nuisance calls to elderly

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport has declared that the elderly and vulnerable, including dementia sufferers, are to be given hi-tech devices which block all nuisance calls.

Councils should consider providing free condoms to reduce STIs, says NICE

New guidance from NICE recommended that condoms should be more widely available to reduce rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

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

According to a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) one in ten councils have cut their spending on social care by more than a quarter.

Long-term sustainability of social care under threat, MPs warn

The Select Committee on the Long-term Sustainability of the NHS has published a report criticising the 'short sightedness' of successive governments for failing to plan effectively for the long-term future of the health service and adult social care.

 DWP launches reformed illness support packages

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed that the Personal Support Package aimed at helping people with health conditions will roll out from April, along with wider reforms to ensure a fair welfare system.

Children with special needs at risk of being turned away by schools, LGA warns

The Local Government Association (LGA) has cautioned that pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are at risk of being turned away by mainstream schools due to a lack of funding and rising demand.

Khan launches vehicle pollution checker

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has unveiled a new emission scoring scheme which allows motorists to identify and avoid buying the dirtiest diesel and most polluting petrol cars and vans.

Which? survey reveals councils with worst food hygiene enforcement

According to analysis of food safety enforcement data conducted by Which? one in every five eateries in the UK doesn’t meet food hygiene standards.

LGA calls for greater awareness of modern slavery

The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned that people need to be more aware of modern slavery, after figures have shown council referrals of potential victims have soared by 78 per cent.

LGA calls for ‘full flexibility’ on social care funding

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for ‘full flexibility’ in how they use the £2 billion in new social care funding announced in the Budget, ahead of guidance due to be published by government on how it should be spent.

Norfolk County Council fined £60k for careless data management

Norfolk County Council has been issued with a £60,000 penalty after it was revealed confidential files regarding vulnerable children had been left in a cabinet which was sent to a second-hand shop.

Joint inquiry launched into UK air pollution crisis

Four select committees have launched a joint inquiry on air quality to scrutinise cross-government plans to tackle urban pollution hotspots.

LGA and PHE raise concern over poor rural health

A new joint report, published by the Local Government Association (LGA) and Public Health England (PHE), has warned that not enough is known about the health and well-being of people living in the countryside.

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