• July 7, 2018

    A new report says 1.6 million ‘invisible’ children in England are living in vulnerable situations but receiving no known support or help.

  • January 5, 2018

    HMP Swansea had a ‘complacent and inexcusable’ approach to the safety of vulnerable prisoners, failing to respond effectively to high levels of self-harm and suicides of new prisoners, HM Inspectorate of Prisons found.

  • December 18, 2017

    The Scottish Government plans to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol in May 2018. Minimum unit pricing is likely to increase profits for the alcohol industry, but reform of alcohol duties is likely to raise tax revenue.

  • 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 24, 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 24, 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 19, 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.