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News round-up 19/11: Obesity to top councils' public health agenda

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Your daily media round up of all the key stories affecting local government


Prime Minister David Cameron will today announce restrictions on the rights of local residents to challenge planning rulings, the Daily Telegraph reports.

In an bid to renew the focus on rebuilding the economy, the Prime Minister will say that the legal right to ask for a judge to review controversial planning decisions will be sharply curbed, during a speech to the CBI.


Children’s health

Speaking on the Today programme, councillor David Simmonds, chairman of the LGA’s Children and Young People Board said that councils had acted as key partners with the NHS for several years when delivering public health programmes.

Around a third of the public health budget would be devolved to local authorities, he explained, and a particular emphasis would be placed on reducing obesity.

Councillor Simmonds said that this would be achieved by improving education about what constituted a healthy diet, taking junk food out of schools and considering planning applications for fast food outlets in the vicinity of schools.


Welfare Reform

Former children’s minister Sarah Teather has criticised government plans to cap household benefits at £500-a-week as ‘immoral’, according to an interview in the Observer.

The Liberal Democat accused ministers of seeking to “gain popularity at the expense of children’s lives’ by pushing through a popular but ineffective measure.”

A spokesman for Work and Pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith accused her of being misinformed scaremongering.


Scottish independence

Speaking on the Today Programme, John Swinney, the Scottish Finance Secretary, described a recent Institute for Fiscal Studies report as a welcome contribution to the Scottish independence debate.

The report validated the argument put forward by the Scottish Government about Scotland’s economic strength, he added.



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  • So Sarah got it wrong household benefits will not be capped at £500? Plans for it to be lower!

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