Higher alcohol taxes to fund NHS would benefit poor – study

Alcohol Research appears to upend idea alcohol taxes are regressive and prompts call for rise in budget Cuts to alcohol duty will cost the public purse £1.2bn this year. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Raising alcohol taxes does not disproportionately affect poorer households, once the effects…

Building ‘resilience’ won’t stop traumatised social workers quitting

Social life blog Social care Building ‘resilience’ won’t stop traumatised social workers quitting A new diagnostic tool and workforce health check risk blaming frontline professionals for their burnout and distress Government and the profession’s leaders must acknowledge the trauma social workers experience in the workplace….

Bradford puts money on libraries to boost city’s health

Libraries £700,000 could be diverted from Yorkshire council’s wellbeing budget to offset library cuts Ahead of the curve … could Bradford’s novel idea catch on in other cities? Photograph: Mick Flynn/Alamy Stock Photo The library at Thebes was said to have the inscription “Medicine for…

BAME trainee doctors in ‘climate of fear’ over racism

Medicine British Medical Association has criticised the response by medical schools Half of the medical schools that responded to an FOI said they didn’t specifically record complaints of racism. Photograph: Medic Image/Getty Images/Universal Images Group Many black, Asian and minority ethnic trainee doctors are experiencing…

English councils went on property spending spree to offset cuts

Local government Public spending watchdog fears they could be over-exposed in a recession or property crash The National Audit Office has said that last year 107 councils spent £2.2bn on 221 investment opportunities. Photograph: Alessia Pierdomenico / Reuter/Reuters English councils went on a massive £6.6bn…

Universal credit could ‘steamroll vulnerable into poverty’

Universal credit Exclusive: Salvation Army calls on government to make it easier for people to access the benefit The Salvation Army says many people lack the skills to claim the benefit or are unable to access the internet. Photograph: Christopher Thomond/The Guardian Thousands of vulnerable…

Care worker sleep-in pay ruling risks becoming a nightmare | Matthew Wort

Care workers Care worker sleep-in pay ruling risks becoming a nightmare With council budgets at breaking point, services need more resources to protect a sector already in crisis Care providers should prepare for rising workforce costs, which will subject the sector to its greatest financial…

‘No difference whatsoever’: Yorkshire residents criticise flood defence scheme

Yorkshire Mytholmroyd community members say slow progress left properties unprotected Sue Slater clears up at her flooded Headquarters salon near the River Calder. Photograph: Christopher Thomond/The Guardian Sue Slater has been cutting hair at Headquarters on Mytholmroyd’s main street for 38 years. For the first…