Public health

Rising to the challenges of COVID-19

Ban on combustible cladding

The Government has announced a ban on combustible materials in external cladding systems, including the type used to refurbish Grenfell Tower, being used on buildings more than 18 metres high.

Child diabetes up 40%

The number of children and young people being treated for Type 2 diabetes – normally only seen in adults and often linked to obesity – has soared by around 40 per cent in just four years, to more than 700 cases, the LGA has warned.