Almost 16,000 infants considered vulnerable and at risk of harm

There are 15,800 babies under the age of one considered to be vulnerable or highly vulnerable and at risk of harm, but still living at home.

£248 million to make social sector homes safer

12 councils and 31 housing associations will receive funding for the removal and replacement of unsafe cladding from 135 buildings.

Adult social care winter funding allocated

Local authorities in England will receive a share of a £240 million fund to help local areas ease winter pressures on the NHS.

£1 billion at risk of being sent back to EU

The government is unlikely to invest almost £1 billion in local communities through the ESF, risking the money being sent back to Brussels.

May launches government’s first Loneliness Strategy

Theresa May has launched the first strategy to tackle loneliness, claiming it to be ‘one of the greatest public health challenges of our time’.

12-year low for local bus journeys

The crisis facing local transport has reached a pivotal point as the number of local bus journeys has fallen to a 12-year low.

Risk of pothole-related breakdowns doubles

The RAC has reported that motorists are now around 2.5 times more likely to suffer pothole-related breakdowns than 12 years ago.

One in 10 deprived areas deemed ‘food desert’

Nearly one in 10 of the country’s most economically deprived areas are food deserts, with residents unable to afford fresh fruit and vegetables.

Public facing a growing ‘care injustice’

The CQC has warned that the public is facing a growing ‘care injustice’ as people are finding it more difficult to get help in England.

Lifesaving library services improving mental health

People living with mental health conditions are benefiting from lifesaving library services which have been launched by councils.

Fully funded pay rise needed to protect music teachers

School music lessons will be under threat unless the government covers the cost of the teacher pay rise to include music teachers.

£20m fund to help homeless into private rented homes

The government has launched a £20 million fund to help those at risk of homelessness secure their own tenancy.

New mental health campaign launched in Midlands

A new Every Mind Matters campaign has been launched across the Midlands by Public Health England.

Declining appetite for outsourcing in local government

A new NLGN report has found that the appetite for outsourcing within local government to the private sector is declining.

Austerity cuts ‘twice as deep’ in England

Disproportionate spending cuts to local public services in poorer regions are likely to intensify perceived ‘territorial injustice’.

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