The impact of taxation and signposting on diet: an online field study with breakfast cereals and soft drinks
Centre for Health Economics (CHE) -
This report presents the results of a large scale study where a nationally representative sample of 1,000 participants were asked to make real purchases within an online supermarket platform. The study captured the effect of price changes, and of the signposting of such changes, for breakfast cereals and soft drinks. It found that taxation was an effective means of altering food purchasing, with a 20 per cent rate being sufficient to make a significant impact.
Centre for Mental Health (CMH) -
The Housing and Planning Act 2016 reformed the way in which state supports vulnerable people who cannot afford housing on the open market. This briefing considers the actual and potential impact of these policy reforms, the significance of affordable housing to mental wellbeing, and potential priorities for mental health policy going forward.
Centre for Mental Health -
This report reviews evidence about the provision of supported housing services for people with mental health problems in England. It argues that people using mental health services should get access to high quality housing support when they need it. The report also highlights the significant links between housing and mental wellbeing, indicating that factors such as overcrowding, insufficient daylight and fear of crime all contribute to poorer mental health.
Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee -
This report concludes that the new Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch will only succeed if the Government legislates to guarantee its independence and ensure that it provides a genuine 'safe space' for people to speak out about patient safety risks.
Working together: how health, social care and fire and rescue services can increase their reach, scale and impact through joint working
NHS England -
This document showcases work by the fire and rescue services to help reduce demand for other services through prevention, including health and social care. Underlying risk factors that ultimately result in fires, such as smoking and alcohol consumption, also have a strong impact on health. Fire and rescue services are applying the principles of early intervention and prevention, to these health-related risk factors, resulting in a reduced demand for the services of others, whilst also continuing to reduce demand for fire and rescue.
This report proposes that instead of Health Education England (HEE) making upfront payments for the training of its medics, medical students should be required to take out a loan from the Student Loans Company to cover the total cost of their training. It argues that the eradication of upfront payments by the NHS would mean the current cap on the number of doctors training each year could be lifted and the UK could train the number of doctors it needs. In addition to this, such a training loan would be repaid on behalf of each medic by the NHS through HEE on condition that doctors work for the NHS after graduating. If graduates leave the country to work abroad or transfer from the NHS into the private sector they would become liable for the repayment of these loans.