Government must support public services, say unions

A new campaign has been launched highlighting how public services cannot continue with the underfunding of the past decade.

Fill public service vacancies to cut unemployment rate

A new report has outlined proposals for a public sector jobs drive to stave off mass unemployment and help the coronavirus recovery.

Pension Credit shortfalls costing £4bn per year

The failure to deliver Pension Credit to older people who are entitled to it is costing the health system an estimated £4 billion per year.

NHS COVID-19 app to launch on 24 September

The NHS COVID-19 app will launch on 24 September in England and Wales, including measures including QR check-in at venues.

Contraception services damaged by coronavirus

A group of MPs have warned that the coronavirus pandemic has made a ‘difficult situation even worse’ for women trying to access contraception.

Local health officials want more control over testing

Local public health leaders are demanding greater control over the coronavirus testing system following mixed messages about tests’ availability.

Urgency needed to tackle childhood obesity

It is not clear whether the government’s plan to tackle rising childhood obesity will be able to make the step change needed in the timescale available.

Cambridge Climate Change Charter launched

Cambridge City Council is calling on residents and businesses to help Cambridge become a zero carbon city.

£1.3m for mental health services in Wales

Welsh Health Minister Vaughan Gething has announced additional mental health support that anyone in Wales can access when they need to.

COSLA publishes new blueprint for Scottish councils

COSLA has launched a new Blueprint for Scottish Local Government, which will build around an ambitious vision for Scotland’s future.

Social care spending still £600m lower than in 2010

New analysis by the TUC has found that annual adult social care spending in England is still £600 million lower than a decade ago.

Six in ten living in areas with high air pollution levels

Almost 60 per cent of people in England are living in areas where levels of toxic air pollution exceeded legal limits last year.

Newcastle unveils plans for a Net Zero city

Newcastle CC has outlined how people in the city can work together to drastically cut emissions and see a lasting reduction to our climate impact.

Children's social care referrals fall by a fifth

The LGA has reported that the number of children referred to children’s social care services for support fell by almost a fifth during lockdown.

Government ignored help of local councils for too long

The government’s initial response to the coronavirus crisis was hampered by a lack of clarity about who was responsible for what, says report.

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