Government and Politics

Yesterday the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions delivered a speech, hosted by the educational charity Reform and Barclays, about plans to reform the system of sickness benefits.
If you overheard someone at work refer to you as "a real political operator", would you feel complimented, or alarmed?
The Government has launched the consultation on a major review of the sickness benefit system. It will look at how payments for those with drug and alcohol addictions, or obesity problems, might be linked to therapeutic and support services.
The Society is concerned that psychological tools are being misused in the UK benefits system and could lead to results that lack validity, efficacy or fairness.
A new report suggests that people claiming unemployment benefits are being coerced in to undertaking psychological interventions.
People who need urgent psychological health care in England are receiving inadequate support, says a report published by the Care Quality Commission (
The government should commission an ‘end-to-end redesign’ of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) process, says a new briefing paper from the British Psychological Society.
The new Conservative government's legislation plans for the year were unveiled in the Queen's Speech to Parliament in May. The Psychoactive Substances Bill in particular has sparked an interesting and developing debate.
Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes, President of the British Psychological Society, has welcomed the publication of Improving England’s Mental Health: The First 100
The NHS England Mental Health Taskforce is seeking views from those with lived experience and professional expertise of the sector in an online survey.  
Professor Daryl O’Connor from the Institute of Psychological Sciences, University of Leeds, is the new chair of the British Psychological Society’s Research Board.
The general election manifestos of the UK’s political parties contain sweeping claims about the causes of crime and policies to reduce it. Experts, including members of the British Psychological Society, are warning today that such broad statements are nearly always wrong.
More than 400 psychologists, counsellors and academics have signed an open letter condemning the ‘profoundly disturbing’ psychological implications of the coalition government’s austerity and welfare reform measures.
Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes, President Elect of the British Psychological Society, is to chair a conference on ‘Mental Health: Achieving Parity of Esteem’ at The Mermaid in London on 27 May.
Nearly half the US population believes that the flu vaccine can give you flu.
A collection of papers in the journal Addiction suggests that the introduction of plain or standardised cigarette packs can deter non-smokers from taking up the habit and may cut the number of cigarettes smokers get through.
February saw psychology research associate and psychosis expert Dr Eleanor Longden (Liverpool University) invited to attend the Deputy Prime Minister’s Mental Health Heroes Awards at Whitehall.
Recognition of the important role psychology has in the Freedom to Speak Up Review is welcomed by the British Psychological Society.
The US Supreme Court has recently made a number of rulings that suggest it sees corporations as having similar rights and responsibilities to individual human beings, such as that they have the right to free speech, and can be exempt from laws tha
‘One World Connected’, the National Suicide Prevention Alliance’s (NSPA’s) 2015 suicide prevention conferenc
The Department of Health has issued a revised code of practice for the Mental Health Act 1983 to ensure that all patients receive high quality and saf
People are more likely to want to reduce their environmental impact if they think about the legacy they wish to leave for future generations, a new
Sense About Science has launched a new website to further its campaign to see that public policy is based on scientific evidence.
In the wake of the report into the CIA's use of torture published yesterday, many people are shocked and appalled. Yet one defence of the practice remains popular - "the ticking time bomb scenario".
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