Sadiq Khan calls for ‘water-only’ schools

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has urged all of London’s primary schools to become ‘water only’ in a bid to tackle childhood obesity.

Local elections could be delayed by coronavirus outbreak

Lawyers are assessing the possibility of delaying the local authority, mayoral and police and crime commissioner elections in May.

Introduction of UC linked to increase in psychological distress

The introduction of Universal Credit has led to a marked increase in psychological distress amongst those affected by the policy.

Culture of openness on sexual needs required in social care

Adult social care leaders must create a culture of openness where people feel empowered to be open about relationships.

954 fax machines remain in use across public sector

A FOI request has revealed that at least 954 fax machines remain in use across local councils, police forces, universities and fire services.

Oxfordshire planning to be a Dementia Friendly Council

Oxfordshire County Council has revealed plans to become a more dementia-friendly organisation.

World’s first ULEZ to save NHS billions by 2050

The Ultra Low Emission Zone and the Mayor of London’s other air quality policies will save the NHS around £5 billion over next 30 years.

‘England has lost a decade’, says health inequality report

Michael Marmot has warned that life expectancy among women living in the poorest communities in England has declined since 2011.

2030 smoke-free target likely to be missed

A new report from Cancer Research UK has warned that England will fail to be smoke-free by 2030 if current smoking trends continue.

Joint leadership role for health across Cornwall

Cornwall Council and NHS Kernow CCG have announced an agreement for a new approach to public health services.

Adult social care risks creating unfair ‘two-tier’ system

The crisis in adult social care risks creating a ‘system for the rich’ that leaves poor communities unable to get the access they need.

Close the health gap between rich and poor, charity urges

The government must recommit to closing the health gap between rich and poor and take action on ‘unacceptable’ health inequalities.

Service cuts prompting worries for health visitors

iHV has warned that public health budget cuts have left health visiting services unable to offer the minimum level of support in many areas.

Londoners to wear sensors in air pollution test

Participants from around the capital will be wearing individual pollution monitors to track changing pollution in their environment.

Alcohol duty does not disproportionately burden worse-off

New research from the Institute of Alcohol Studies has claimed that higher alcohol taxes could benefit disadvantaged groups.