People unable to work because of obesity, drug or alcohol problems may have their social security payments cut if they do not undergo treatment, UK prime minister David Cameron has threatened. He has asked Professor Dame Carol Black, an adviser to the Department of Health, to carry out a review.
The Methodist Church in Britain has welcomed news that the drinks industry could be forced to put health warnings on all alcoholic drinks, after public concern about the social impact of heavy consumption.
Over the next few months the Church of Scotland will urge members of congregations to write to alcohol producers and their MSPs in support of the minimum pricing proposals contained in the Alcohol Bill.
Churches have urged the Welsh Assembly to follow Scotland’s example, and introduce a minimum price per unit of alcohol. The Scottish government announced plans on Monday to clamp down on low price alcohol sales.
The death of a village priest, his wife and three small children in a mysterious fire has highlighted hardships that Russian Orthodox clergy face in isolated locations outside Moscow's bubble of wealth and power ‚Ä' writes Sophia Kishkovsky from Moscow for Ecumenical News International.