Cautious welcome for increase in public health grant

The public health grant 2020-21 has been set at £3.279bn, the government has announced – an increase of £145m on the 2019-20 figure. Health...

Government announces £3.2m emergency funds for rough sleepers

Emergency funding totalling £3.2m to help rough sleepers to self-isolate has been announced by communities secretary Robert Jenrick. Homelessness organisations have been highly critical...

Government’s coronavirus advice on protecting rough sleepers ‘inadequate’, says Crisis

The government’s new COVID-19 guidance for hostels or day centres for people rough sleeping is inadequate and fails to include measures that would allow...

Sales of low-alcohol beers up 30 per cent

Sales of no-alcohol and low-alcohol – or ‘nolo’ – beers have increased by 30 per cent since 2016, according to a report from the...

Disappointment for campaigners looking for alcohol duty increase

Duty rates for for beer, cider and spirits have been frozen in the 2020 budget, disappointing health campaigners who had been urging the government...

Betway hit with record £11m fine for failing ‘VIP’ customers

Online gambling company Betway will have to pay £11.6m for failings relating to a number of high-spending customers as well as its money-laundering responsibilities,...

Government speeds up access to cannabis-based medicines

Import restrictions on cannabis-based products for medicinal use have been revised to ensure that people with conditions such as multiple sclerosis or serious forms...

Drugs market has ‘never caused greater harm’, says Carol Black review

The illegal drugs market ‘has long existed but has never caused greater harm to society than now’, according to the first phase of Professor...

‘Loneliness epidemic’ pushing people towards alcohol

More than one in ten people who experience loneliness are turning to alcohol to cope, according to a YouGov survey commissioned by Turning Point....

Addiction psychiatry facing oblivion, royal college warns

Addiction psychiatry could be ‘wiped out in the next ten years’ without urgent action, warns a report from the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych)....