Social evils in 1904 were poverty, war, slavery, intemperance, the opium trade, impurity and gambling according to the founder of the Joseph Rowntree Trust. In a 21st century consultation the Trust has found that people are now concerned about the way society has become more individualistic, greedy and selfish with a cost to a sense of community.
Greater Manchester Police are working with Facebook, the social networking site, to allow users to receive a news feed, as well as links to a crime-reporting form, Police Web sites and videos. This ground breaking development opens the way for other public sector bodies to tap in to the power of social networking sites.
This report from the New Local Government Network calls for all councils to adopt an obesity strategy as part of their Local Area Agreements. It argues that they should be at the centre of fighting obesity and be rewarded by being allowed to retain a sum equivalent to 50 per cent of the NHS savings on treating future obesity averted as a result of early interventions.