Government and Politics

Echoing the call for reform from the British Psychological Society, more than 20,000 people have signed a petition to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes, President of the British Psychological Society, has endorsed an open letter to the government from the #Equality4MentalHealth campaign calling for more to be done to
Data released by the mental health charity Mind reveal the scale of sanctions imposed on people with mental health problems being supported by out-of-work disability benefits.
Learn how the Expert Witness Report is the foundation of Expert Witness work and how it should meet the court’s expectations. Timetable
Learn essential knowledge of becoming an expert witness to the court. Timetable 09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee 10:00 Workshop starts (there will be a break for lunch) 16:30 Workshop ends
Learn essential knowledge of becoming an expert witness to the court. Timetable 09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee 10:00 Workshop starts (there will be a break for lunch) 16:30 Workshop ends
UK supermarkets Iceland, Asda, Morrisons and Waitrose have pledged funds from the new levy on single-use carrier bags to support the construction of a new dementia research centre at University College London.
A letter signed by the BPS urging parliament to ensure greater choice and funding for mental health treatment has been published in today’s Guardian.
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.
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