Time to rethink? A new drugs policy for Labour

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Nick Clegg’s declaration last week that UK drugs policy was ‘idiotic’ merited far more attention than it received. The Lib Dems have announced to take steps towards treating addiction as a health issue rather than a criminal one and to decriminalise personal possession of drugs – both of which are sensible and well thought-out ideas….

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A clear case to invest in children’s mental health

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Children’s mental health: a clear case for investment and reform Three children in every classroom in England are likely to have a diagnosable mental health problem. Two thirds of these children and young people will present with behavioural problems. Children who develop poor mental health early on not only suffer significant distress but some also…

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The progressive potential of Universal Credit

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Universal credit has one abiding message that comes through loud and clear: work good, benefits bad. It’s structured to reduce the obstacles to taking a job, increase work incentives and ensure that claimants make efforts to move up the progression ladder. None of this is anything that most low-income families would disagree with. Forthcoming Child…