Category - alcohol

  • March 19, 2014

    Three major British Churches have criticised government plans to scrap the alcohol duty escalator as announced in the Chancellor's Budget speech today.

  • January 13, 2014

    The Lobbying Bill being debated at Westminster will do nothing to expose corporate lobbying, says Tamasin Cave, a director of SpinWatch, author, and leader of the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency coalition. If we are going to diminish corporate commercial influence in government, we need to understand its tactics better and call them out.

  • December 23, 2013

    As a teetotal Christian, I would not want to sell alcohol. If I worked at Marks & Spencer, and had politely asked a customer to pay another member of staff for her champagne, I doubt that it would have led to a national media story. Marks & Spencer’s policy on this issue has hit the headlines because of a staff member who made such a request – and who is a Muslim. This conveniently suits the agenda of the right-wing media, obsessed as they are with portraying Muslims as weird.

  • July 19, 2013

    The Government has broken a pledge to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol. Five UK churches have expressed disappointment at the abandonment of the policy

  • March 23, 2012

    The Methodist Church have "cautiously welcomed" reports that the government plans to enforce a minimum unit price on alcohol sales in England and Wales.

  • December 26, 2011

    A YouGov survey has revealed that 61 per cent of UK adults believe that excessive drinking is a problem (from minor to major) in their neighbourhood.

  • March 18, 2011

    The Methodist Church has criticised the UK Government's "responsibility deal" to tackle alcohol abuse, suggesting it is a sop to the drinks industry lobby.

  • February 4, 2011

    Methodists and Quakers have criticised government plans for minimum pricing of alcoholic drinks, insisting they will do little to tackle alcohol-related problems.

  • November 9, 2010

    Alcohol is the most dangerous drug in our society, and present UK drug classification systems bear little relation to the evidence of harm, according to a drugs expert sacked by the last government. Bob Carling probes behind the headlines and politics to look at the science policy issues and human concerns.

  • May 27, 2010

    Quaker activists have given a cautious backing to ministers' plans to crack down on cheap alcohol. But they have warned that the plans do not go far enough.