10.2 million people are estimated to live in food deserts in the UK. This briefing looks at the challenges of quantifying and assessing food availability and increasing access to healthy food options in low income areas.
This month’s round-up features the report from the Independent Commission on Social Housing, and includes data on right to buy and deaths of homeless people, the building safety review, faster planning decisions and the latest consultations.
The DfE has produced updated advice for schools on supporting the mental health of children and also research on school-based policies on mental health and wellbeing of children and access to local services.
This briefing summarises and comments on the NHS Long Term Plan in relation to local government.
The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care.
Childhood obesity is a national problem and one which isn’t going away. Data published from the national child measurement programme (NCMP), in October showed the rate of severe obesity among year 6 children had increased by more than a third since 2006/7. In the borough of South Tyneside, levels are higher than the national average, with […]
It is nine months since the Homelessness Reduction Act came into force in England. New government statistics highlight what councils are doing to prevent and relieve homelessness in line with the new legislation.
Fire safety, homelessness, sales of social housing and the future of the planning system all feature in this month's housing and planning round-up. There are also details of ongoing consultations covering high street planning, classifying second homes as holiday lets and shared ownership schemes
This paper explores some of the issues around why achieving outcomes based commissioning has been so slow, explains how technology can help and sets out new models of payment that can increase trust, reduce costs and improve quality.
The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care. It is intended to be a digested read and provides links to the source documentation of major reports for further consideration.