Health

Laxative sales may be restricted under government review

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The government is considering imposing stricter regulations on the sale of laxatives amid concerns they could be abused by people with eating disorders.The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency will examine measures such as age limits on purchasers and possibly ending over-the-counter sales.Experts say available evidence suggests more than half of patients with eating disorders have misused them. Laxatives should never be used for weight
Business

Government criticised over approach to personal debt

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Distress over problem debts can lead to mental health problems Weaknesses in the government's strategy for managing personal debt is raising costs to the taxpayer, according to the National Audit Office.Struggling to pay debts makes people more likely to end up in state-subsidised housing, the body says. It also leads to anxiety and depression, which adds to NHS costs.But the government has a
UK News

What difference would an all-female government make?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty / Luke MacGregor Men have been cleared out of government and the women are in charge. That's the premise of a play, opening on Thursday, which has been collectively written by a group of leading female figures. The Assemblywomen by the Greek playwright Aristophanes was first written in 391 BC.Back then, a play about the women of Athens dressed as men (complete with fake beads) storming
Health

Government proposes energy drinks ban for children

[ad_1] Image copyright Science Photo Library The sale of energy drinks could be banned in England to anybody under 18, amid fears they are damaging children's health, the prime minister has said.The government has launched a public consultation on its plans to make it illegal to sell the drinks to children.Energy drinks contain high levels of sugar and caffeine and have been linked to obesity and other health issues.The government
Politics

What do the government’s Brexit “no-deal” papers reveal?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has set out what he called "practical and proportionate" advice in case the UK leaves the EU with "no deal".Ministers say a deal is the most likely outcome but the government has published 25 documents of guidance for people and businesses across a variety of areas to try to avoid the "short-term disruption" which it admits is possible if the two
Politics

‘No-deal’ Brexit advice to be published by UK government

[ad_1] Image copyright PA The UK government will begin advising people, businesses, and other groups about how to plan for the possibility of leaving the EU without a deal.Ministers say publication of the first batch of documents will tackle what they call "hair-raising scare stories" about a no-deal Brexit.They say reaching a deal with the EU is the "overriding priority" but "we must be ready to consider the alternative".The EU
UK News

Newspaper headlines: Government in surplus – but pay is squeezed

[ad_1] Image caption The latest figures on government borrowing have given Chancellor Philip Hammond a "shot in the arm", according to the Financial Times. Lower spending and higher tax receipts have produced the biggest July surplus for 18 years. The paper says this will be welcome news for Mr Hammond - who has to find an extra £20bn a year by 2023 for the NHS. Image caption The Metro offers
Politics

Birmingham Prison: Government takes over from G4S

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBirmingham Prison has seen a number of problems in recent yearsBirmingham Prison is being taken over by the government from the private firm G4S, after inspectors said it had fallen into a "state of crisis". Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke described it as the worst prison he had ever been to.Inspectors found blood, vomit and rat droppings on the floor,
UK News

Brexit: Government to publish no-deal advice on Thursday

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Dominic Raab will travel to Brussels on Tuesday for talks with Michel Barnier The government will on Thursday publish the first in a series of technical notices designed to prepare the UK for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit.The notices will include advice for businesses, citizens and public bodies.Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab said securing a deal was still "the most likely outcome" - but
US & World

Romanian police clash with anti-government protesters

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tens of thousands of Romanians, including returning expats, have joined the protests Police have clashed with tens of thousands of anti-government protesters across Romania. Between 30,000 and 50,000 people, including many returning expats, turned out nationwide, media reports say.Protesters in the capital Bucharest threw bottles and paving slabs, while police used tear gas, pepper spray and even a water cannon. Around 100 protesters needed