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Thursday 4th August 2016

Small particles: big implications for our health and the environment

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The governance of small particles has remained firmly in the headlines recently. UK cities continue to exceed EU air pollution limits (including airborne particle standards), due to emissions from vehicles. Reports continue to emerge of substantial health consequences for Europe and globally; air pollution exposure is rated the eighth most common cause of death in the world by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Date:
Thursday 4th August 2016
Thursday 14th July 2016

The key challenges facing UK policing today

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Criminal justice faces ever more challenges from society. While official figures show a drop in police recorded crime in the UK the distribution of crime shows a more complex pattern with violent crime showing a rise.
Date:
Thursday 14th July 2016
Thursday 7th July 2016

How unpaid carers are still not supported by the Care Act

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The Care Act, which came into act in April 2015, has been widely welcomed. However implementation of the act is far from complete. After replacing the 1948 National Assistance Act and 60 years of piecemeal amending legislation, the Care Act both consolidated and simplified care law in England. It set in place a new organising principle for decision makers, the promotion of individual wellbeing, and placed the rights of informal carers on an equal footing to those with care needs.
Date:
Thursday 7th July 2016
Thursday 30th June 2016

Understanding why elite sportspeople turn to doping

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Why do so many elite sportspeople turn to doping?The frequency of doping scandals in sport shows that testing appears to be an insufficient deterrent against doping for many athletes, and there may be a case to be had that they dope simply 'because they can get away with it'.
Date:
Thursday 30th June 2016
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