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Stall in the rise of life expectancy and increase in health inequalities gap

New data has shown that the rise in life expectancy has stalled and that that health inequalities have widened according to most of the indicators used to measure them. We summarise the research here and comment on the possible links between socio-economic factors and the changes.

England & Wales
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Ageing in Ireland and the UK – Contrasting Approaches

With their remit for wellbeing, public health, and community development, local authorities have a central role to play in promoting age friendly communities. Such a remit is not easy at a period of austerity, yet three case studies from the UK and Ireland provide lessons as to how this might be done.

Ireland
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The state of adult social care services 2014 – 2017

The CQC report shows that most of adult care services are good. However, quality across England is variable with only two per cent of services being rated as outstanding, much lower than CQC anticipated. Two per cent of services are currently rated as inadequate and 19 per cent require improvement.

England & Wales
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University of Oxford and Trussell Trust Report on Foodbanks

This report, co-funded by the ESRC and the Trussell Trust, is is based on a large-scale survey of food bank users. It profiles food bank users and the nature of food insecurity, and describes what drives people to resort to using food banks.

England & Wales, Scotland
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Why Place Matters

What is a sense of place and why should it matter to every local authority and how can councils foster a positive sense of place? This briefing provides an introduction to a future series of briefings exploring place and planning, wellbeing, the arts, engagement, regeneration and new places.

Ireland
Members

Age-Friendly Community approaches in the UK and Republic of Ireland

With their remit for wellbeing, public health, and community development, councils have a central role to play in promoting age friendly communities. Although not easy at a period of austerity, the case studies here provide lessons as to how this might be done effectively.

England & Wales
Members

Immigration Update July 2017

This briefing provides an overview of current UK immigration policy and of the status of EU citizens currently in the UK: it ends with a brief summary of the options available for future immigration policy.

England & Wales
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Violence Against Women and Girls: the Queen’s Speech

This briefing examines the proposals to establish a new Commissioner, create a statutory definition of domestic abuse, and to allow courts to impose sentences taking account of the abusive behaviour involving a child, in the context of the government’s strategy to address this issue, and of pressures on public funding.

England & Wales