Nearly a third of five-year-olds in England has tooth decay, study shows

The figures showed that children in north-west England were most likely to have experienced decay of the dentin layer. Nearly one-in-three youngsters aged five in England has tooth decay, figures show. Data from the National Dental Epidemiology Programme for 2021 to 2022 shows that 29.3% of children aged five have enamel decay or more serious decay to the layer of dentin under the enamel. Regionally, this figure ranged from 23.3% in the South West to 38.7% in the North West. Of the one in three children with any decay, 23.7% had the more serious…

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Data: Oxford Street houses more empty stores than average British high street

London’s Oxford Street is lined with more empty units than the average British high street, new data from Local Data Company (LDC) and Retail Week has revealed. The vacancy rate on the famous shopping strip is higher than that of the average British high street and the rest of central London, according to the exclusive data. A survey of the street last month revealed that 42 of Oxford Street’s 269 shops stood empty, a vacancy rate of 16% – up from 13% which is the average vacancy rate for high streets in central London…

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The sky’s the limit? Battle to build rooftop homes across London rages on

With plots in short supply, experts look to airspace to solve London’s housing crisis — much to residents’ horror Land is expensive and spare plots to build on are in short supply in London, begging the question of how we can build the homes our growing population needs. Building out is restricted by the green belt, while filling gaps in the city is effective but limited. So what about building up? Some experts estimate rooftop builds or “airspace development” could support 630,000 homes on the roofs of London’s municipal buildings,…

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