More social care demand, but less support offered

The proportion of working-age adults approaching local authorities for social care support is rising, but fewer are receiving help.

Food parcels soar 73 per cent in five years

The last year has been the busiest for food banks, with 1,583,668 three-day emergency food supplies given to people in crisis last year.

Very few homeowners saving for future care

A survey has shown that fewer than one in four homeowners are saving for their future care needs.

Calls for greater powers to restrict junk food adverts

A new report has uncovered the limited powers that local authorities have to restrict advertising of products high in fat, salt and sugar.

Postcode lottery for children’s mental health services

More than a third of local areas in England have reduced real terms spending on low level children’s mental health services.

Soft drinks levy needs to go further, say council leaders

The LGA says that soft drinks levy funds should be used to help deliver vital public health schemes.

24 hour Ultra Low Emission Zone starts in London

Sadiq Khan has introduced the world’s toughest vehicle emissions standard in central London to help reduce toxic air pollution.

£3 million for innovative local air quality improvements

£3 million has been made available to fund 28 innovative projects to improve air quality across local authorities in England.

£4.8m for digital social care projects

Organisations which commission adult social care services are being invited to bid for a share of £4.8 million.

Illegal toxic air for two million Londoners

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has revealed that two million Londoners are living in areas which exceed legal limits for air pollution.

Sprinkler calls led by Birmingham City Council

A campaign for the government to fund the retro-fitting of life-saving sprinklers in thousands of high-rise tower blocks is underway.

Third of young carers stressed because of responsibilities

Young people who give up time to care for someone they live with are experiencing widespread problems with their mental well-being.

£1m for innovative digital social care projects

Projects that support innovative uses of digital technology in the design and delivery of adult social care are set to share in new funding.

Care workers being paid less than minimum wage

Thousands of care workers are being paid less than the national minimum wage as companies are being forced to pay for travel time.

Council’s prevention spend lower than needed

Local authorities across the UK are massively underspending on preventative services due to cuts, according to a new survey.

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