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The "under pressure" NHS in England has been given an additional £350 million to cope with pressures over the coming winter. Chancellor Philip Hammond announced plans to plough money into the service as it enters the difficult winter months. Mr Hammond acknowledged that the service is "under pressure" as he…
Failure to address problems in social care in the Budget could lead to more elderly people going without the care they need, a leading charity has warned. Age UK criticised Chancellor Philip Hammond for being "desperately short-sighted" by not addressing problems in the care sector during his speech. Charity director…
Millions of rural residents receive almost 50% less funding for their public services compared to their neighbours in England’s largest cities, leading to calls for an end to the postcode lottery of government funding and for a ‘new deal’ for county areas. Collectively, England’s 37 county areas received £3.2bn less…
Labour would spend around £17 billion a year extra on the NHS, social care, schools and local government, shadow chancellor John McDonnell has said. The extra spending would be paid for by tax rises for corporations and "the rich", set out in the "grey book" that accompanied Labour's General Election…
The squeeze on public spending and the drop in nurse numbers since 2010 has contributed to 120,000 unnecessary deaths in England, according to new research. There could be as many as 100 excess deaths a day from now on if the NHS does not get an urgent cash injection, a…
Children's services for those most at risk are on a "dangerous footing" charities have warned, with Government cuts being blamed for funding being slashed. Councils have had less money to spend on early intervention services since 2010, a joint report from three leading children's charities said. Children in the most…
A Holyrood committee has hit out at the "unacceptable" lack of information on the £8 billion plus budgets spent by integration authorities (IAs) on health and social care. MSPs on the Health and Sport Committee complained there is "little by the way of information on the financial position" of the…
Councils are urging Chancellor Philip Hammond to use this month's Budget to stabilise the "perilously fragile" situation in social care. An extra £1.3 billion is needed from the Treasury to plug funding gaps over the next financial year, the Local Government Association (LGA) have warned. Councillor Claire Kober, chair of…
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