£1.2 billion plan to increase cycling and walking

The government has published its £1.2 billion long-term plan to make cycling and walking the natural choice for shorter journeys.

OAS calls on local gov to improve school meals

Obesity Action Scotland (OAS) has called on local government election candidates to commit to transform school meals in Scotland to create a healthy eating culture.

Housing pressures contribute to rising mental ill-health

A new survey by Shelter has revealed that millions of people in England are suffering mentally because of housing problems.

Council playground closures highlighted

The Association of Play Industries has revealed the extent to which local authorities across the country have been closing children’s playgrounds.

Essex CC facing legal action over care fees

Essex County Council (CC) is facing legal action over the level of fees it pays to care home providers for looking after residents, following a judicial review launched by Care England.

Social care system seeing 900 workers quit daily

New figures reveal that over 900 adult social care workers a day quit their job in England last year, representing a collapse in the system.

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.

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