Boris Johnson has appointed the Rt Hon Baroness Heather Hallett DBE as chair of the forthcoming public inquiry into the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Centre for Mental Health has said that the mental health of young people has been underfunded for too long, leaving a postcode lottery of support.

Councils will need an extension to the Covid-19 outbreak funding to tackle rising Omicron cases and meet a surge in demand for local contact tracing.

The Committee on a National Plan for Sport and Recreation has called for the government to establish a national plan for sport, health and well-being.

New measures have been announced to help protect the social care sector, including £300 million to help recruit and reward the workforce.

Leeds City Council is proposing a commitment to provide good quality parks and green spaces across the city that are more accessible.

The Health and Social Care Committee is urging for action to prevent mental health services slipping backwards as a result of additional demand.

The Local Government Association is calling for urgent legislation to facilitate councils being able to host remote meetings in light of the Omicron variant.

The government's ten year Drug Strategy aims to tackle drugs and prevent crime, backed by an increase in funding for drug treatment.

The Local Government Association and Women’s Aid have said that people need to look out for common signs of domestic abuse this Christmas.

A report has shown that visits to the UK’s woodlands boosts mental health and is estimated to save £185 million in treatment costs annually.

A new app will be piloted in Wolverhampton which will offer incentives for people who eat healthy and exercise more.

The Nuffield Trust has warned that the social care sector may have lost up to 50,000 workers across all providers of care in the months leading up to winter.

A snap survey of the state of social care services has revealed a rapidly deteriorating picture of older and disabled people left waiting for help.

A new survey has found that nearly a third of care staff believe that staffing levels are getting worse and negatively affecting the care provided.

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This year, Total Telecom’s Connected Britain is celebrating its 10th anniversary, marking a decade of networking, innovation, and collaboration. The conference is now the UK’s largest digital economy event, set to welcome over 7,500 delegates from the telecoms industry and beyond to discuss the hottest topics at ExCel London on September 11–12. 

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