According to a report published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), the number of causal care staff employed by councils has fallen by 25 per cent over the past five years.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has claimed that the £700 million which is entitled to care services through the Better Care Fund should be released immediately, as opposed to in instalments over the next four years.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has criticised the government for failing to inform councils on how much funding they can expect to receive, allowing them little time to strategise budget plans for vital public health services.

Plymouth City Council has introduced a number of parking spaces designed specifically for people caring for those with dementia.

The District Councils’ Network (DCN) has called for the freedom to increase council tax to help improve health and care outcomes for their citizens.

Environmental scientists from Plymouth University analysed paint samples from 50 playgrounds and found high levels of toxic metals, posing a risk to the health of young children.

NHS chief executive Simon Stevens has proposed a 20 per cent tax on all sugary drinks and foods in NHS cafes by 2020.

Prime Minister David Cameron is set to announce a £400m funding boost for mental health services as part of a £1 billion investment.

A cross-party commission to review future funding and structure of health and care services in England, will be proposed in the House of Commons by former minister Norman Lamb on 7 January

The government is set to create a single Public Service Ombudsman (PSO) in a bid to simplify the process of making complaints about public services.

A new study conducted by Comensura’s Social Care Index has found that a greater demand for trained social care workers over 35 could result in a shortage of experienced younger care workers when their older colleagues retire.

Parents in the UK are unhappy with local play facilities for children and think more funding should be allocated, according to research from the Association of Play Industries (API).

MP’s have agreed a tax on sugary drinks should be introduced as a measure to tackle child obesity in England.

Health bosses have been counselled to show ‘restraint’ when managing senior management pay, after new research has revealed more than 50,0000 employees receive over £100,000 in pay in 2013/14.

A report by ukacitve has called for leisure centres to be protected from cuts and closures due to the role they play in promoting exercise.

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