• Co-op to fight food waste with pre-closing time donation scheme

    The Co-op is to end “last-minute” sales of fresh produce to reduce the volume of edible food going to waste in its stores every day.Two hours before closing time, the national supermarket chain will remove items with a use by or best before date for that day, so they can be donated to thousands of charities and small community groups in time for them to be frozen or turned into meals. After a successful trial at 50 branches, the scheme will [...]

    2018-05-22 |


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  • More workers ask for mental health help

     More employees are approaching their managers with concerns around mental health, but most companies fail to offer appropriate training, research suggests. An Institute of Directors poll of 700 managers found four in 10 had been approached by staff with such a concern. That was up from just over a quarter in 2017.However, only 17% of firms offered mental health training for managers.Two thirds did not offer such training, while 17% said it was [...] 

    2018-05-16 |

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  • Alcohol and tobacco are by far the biggest threat to human welfare of all addictive drugs

    A new review published online today in the journal Addiction has compiled the best, most up-to-date source of information on alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug use and the burden of death and disease. It shows that in 2015 alcohol and tobacco use between them cost the human population more than a quarter of a billion disability-adjusted life years, with illicit drugs costing a further tens of millions. The largest health burden from substance [...]

    2018-05-14 |

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  • Child mortality rate 1.5 times higher in England than Sweden – and poverty is a key factor, researchers argue

    UPDATED: Children born in England are one-and-a-half times more likely to die before they reach the age of five than those born in Sweden, according to a new study published in The Lancet.Researchers from University College London and Sweden's Karolinska Institute found that while 19 out of 10,000 children born in Sweden between 2003 and 2012 died, in England the figure was 29 out of 10,000. They investigated children between the ages of two days [...]

    2018-05-11 |


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  • Suicide prevention 'not a top priority' in Scotland

    A leading charity dealing with suicide prevention has said the Scottish government is not treating the issue as a top priority. The Samaritans commissioned a poll which indicated 61% of people in Scotland have been affected by suicide. Almost 40% of those taking part said they would not know who to turn to if they were supporting someone in crisis. The Scottish government is drawing up a new prevention plan and said it was spending over £1bn [...]

    2018-05-09 |


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  • Scotland awaits minimum alcohol pricing with mixed emotions

    It is early afternoon in the east end of Glasgow and Neil Martin is buying his regular half bottle of high-strength tonic wine and large bottle of Strongbow cider. The caffeine-reinforced wine Eldorado boasts the distinctive slogan “Scotland’s own” along with a yellow and red thistle. Martin seems unfazed by the fact that at midnight on Tuesday, the price of a bottle of Strongbow will jump to at least £5. “It won’t make any difference to me,” he [...]

    2018-05-07 |


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  • Here’s how Copenhagen puts cyclists at the top of the social hierarchy

    Have you ever wondered why Britain is not a nation of cyclists? Why we prefer to sit in traffic as our Dutch and Danish neighbours speed through the city on bikes? Forget about hills, rain, and urban sprawl: the real reason we aren’t cycling is much closer to home. It is not just lack of infrastructure, or lack of fitness, the reason that 66 per cent of Brits cycle less than once a year, is because of status. An obsession with social status is [...]

    2018-05-06 |


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  • Child labour, poverty and terrible working conditions lie behind the sugar you eat

    Reach for a packet of sugar in the café, browse the shelves at supermarkets, or take a look at the packaging of your favourite sweet treat, and you are likely to see the Fairtrade label. What’s more, the UK’s Modern Slavery Act requires large companies to publicly report on the steps they take to ensure that forced labour is not a part of their products. The EU’s non-financial reporting requirements broaden out from modern slavery to include [...]

    2018-05-04 |


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  • Can Cities Make Us Better Citizens?

    What is a city? The sociologist Richard Sennett once opted for a deceptively simple definition: a city, he wrote, is “a human settlement in which strangers are likely to meet.” For Sennett, meeting strangers is a civic duty. He arrived at this belief in the course of a fifty-year career, and his latest book, “Building and Dwelling: Ethics for the City,” distills into a single volume his thoughts on how urban design shapes the ways in which we [...]

    2018-05-02 |


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  • Scotland's population ageing faster than rest of UK, finds report

    SCOTLAND is failing to “future-proof” for a rapidly ageing population, a charity has warned. Age Scotland has called for a national conversation on the challenges posed by the demographic shift, including the implications for housing, health, pensions and employment.vA report from the Scottish Science Advisory Council (SSAC) shows the population is ageing at a faster rate in Scotland compared to the rest of the UK while the population is growing [...]

    2018-04-30 |


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  • Mental health care for new mums 'needs work'

    Some pregnant women and new mothers in Wales still cannot access specialist mental health services, new research shows.The Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) says much more needs to be done to help women suffering from mental illnesses. These can include anxiety, depression, and postnatal psychotic disorders. While "essential care" is available for many women, provision in Powys remains a problem, the charity said. The Welsh Government said [...]

    2018-04-26 |


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  • Smart cities need thick data, not big data

    Residents living around Plaça del Sol joke that theirs is the only square where, despite the name, rain is preferable. Rain means fewer people gather to socialise and drink, reducing noise for the flats overlooking the square. Residents know this with considerable precision because they’ve developed a digital platform for measuring noise levels and mobilising action. I was told the joke by Remei, one of the residents who, with her ‘citizen [...]

    2018-04-25 |


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