Unison calls on councils to improve monitoring of home care services

Unison Scotland has warned that direct contract monitoring of social service users is very limited and that few visits are made to check service users are receiving contracted levels of care.

Hammond announces social care funding

The Chancellor has presented the Budget, with the announcement of £2 billion to be spent on social care over the next three years.

Wrexham accused of not doing its job to tackle drugs

Local Labour MP Ian Lucas has accused Wrexham council of ‘not doing its job’ to effectively tackle drug problems in the town.

78 per cent of MPs believe more money should go to social care budgets

New polling by the Local Government Association (LGA) has shown that 78 per cent of MPs believe that additional funding should go to councils' social care budgets.

Caerphilly Council home to most polluted street outside London

Hafodyrynys Road in Crumlin in Caerphilly has been highlighted as the UK's most polluted street outside London.

Bowden Derra Park, a mental health care home under investigation by Cornwall Council, has banned the local authority's officials from visiting the site.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on the government to drop the current limit for drink driving, from 80mg to 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.

Social care not just a concern for elderly, LGA warns

The Local Government Association (LGA), has reminded that social care is not just about providing care for elderly people, claiming bigger financial pressures on councils include providing care for people with learning disabilities.

Newcastle sets up new radical approach to waste

A team of waste management experts have joint together to form the Newcastle Waste Commission, to tackle the city’s ‘mountain of waste’.

Impact of air pollution underestimated

A new Friends of the Earth survey has revealed that only one in 10 people think their air quality is bad.

State pension age could rise to 70 by 2060, WPC warns

The Commons Work and Pensions Committee (WPC) said that pension age would have to rise to 70.5 years-old by 2060 if the current rate of annual increases was to be sustained.

DCMS launches new internet safety drive

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has announced it has begun work on a refreshed Internet Safety Strategy, which aims to ensure the UK becomes the safest place in the world for you people to go online.

Excess army rations should be given to homeless, MP urges

Work and Pensions Select Committee chairman Frank Field has called for surplus army food packs to be used to feed the UK's homeless population, after figures showed 12,275 operational ration packs (ORP) had been disposed of between April and December.

PIPs should be for genuinely disabled people, policy head says

George Freeman, policy unit head to Prime Minister Theresa May, has called for a reform of personal independence payments (PIPs), to ensure the benefits are received by individuals who are ‘really disabled’.

Olympics inspires few to take up sport

Only seven per cent of the British public have been inspired by the Olympic games to take up sport, according to a new YouGov survey.

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