London boroughs call for social care funding boost

London Councils has that adult social care should receive the same funding increases as the NHS to safeguard London’s future resilience.

Temporary visitor ‘pods’ for care homes in Wales

Temporary ‘pods’ are being provided to care homes across Wales to better facilitate visits over Christmas and the winter months.

Public health funding boost needed, say councils

The LGA says that coronavirus has exposed existing health inequalities which need to be levelled up if we are to protect our communities in future.

Homecare workers to be tested weekly for coronavirus

The government has announced that care workers looking after people in their own homes will be offered weekly coronavirus tests.

Coronavirus risks setting people in mid-life on a path to poverty

The Centre for Ageing Better has reported that coronavirus risks setting people in mid-life on a path to poverty and ill-health in old age.

Care home bosses seek extra £500m for Christmas

The National Care Forum has said that £500 million in extra government funding is needed to make care homes safe in the run-up to Christmas.

'Come clean’ over coronavirus deals, says watchdog

The government has not been transparent about suppliers and services when it scrambled to award £18 billion worth of coronavirus contracts.

Local authorities facing shortage of accessible housing

A survey has shown that local authorities are facing a shortage of accessible housing, a problem made worse by some home builders' actions.

BMA launches ‘blueprint for leaving lockdown’

The British Medical Association has warned that lifting lockdown without new measures in place risks deepening the crisis in our health service.

Tier system may need strengthening, says adviser

The government could look at what ‘tiers there may be in the future’ when the current national lockdown ends on 2 December.

Pilot for care home family members to get regular testing

Named family and friends may soon be able to regularly visit loved ones in care homes as a new testing pilot is launched.

Digital inclusion is key to tackling health inequalities

A project trialling digital technology with disadvantaged communities has found that tackling the ‘digital divide’ is crucial to reducing health inequalities.

Labour seeks legislation against anti-vax content

Labour has called for legislation that would include financial and criminal penalties for companies that fail to act to ‘stamp out dangerous anti-vaccine content’.

Local gov must be able to lead with NHS on vaccination drive

The LGA says that councils should be able to act shoulder-to-shoulder with the NHS in the distribution of a coronavirus vaccine.

Majority of care workers earn below 'real' living wage

Almost three-quarters  of frontline care workers in England are earning below the ‘real’ living wage.