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Calls for Government to implement traffic light labelling

first_imgThe House of Lords has voiced its support for the implementation of a traffic light system for nutritional labelling, as it calls for a stronger approach from Government on policies to change consumer behaviour.The idea that ‘nudging’ on its own is unlikely to change the nation’s behaviour is the main conclusion drawn from the House of Lords Science and Technology Sub-Committee’s report, Behaviour Change, published today.Instead, a range of measures – including some regulatory measures – would be needed to change behaviour in a way that will make a real difference to society’s biggest problems, for example obesity, states the report.The Committee has recommended that the Government invest in gathering more evidence on which measures work to influence population behaviour change. In addition it said the Government “should look to take steps to implement a traffic light system of nutritional labelling on all food packaging”.According to the report, current voluntary agreements with businesses in relation to public health have major failings, and are not a proportionate response to the scale of the problem of obesity. “There are all manner of things that the Government want us to do – lose weight, give up smoking, use the car less, give blood – but how can they get us to do them?” questioned committee chair Baroness Neuberger.“It won’t be easy and this inquiry has shown that it certainly won’t be achieved through using ‘nudges’, or any other sort of intervention, in isolation.”She said that changing the behaviour of a population is likely to take time, perhaps a generation or more, and whereas politicians usually look for “quick-win solutions”, she called for the Government to be braver about mixing and matching policy measures, using both incentives and disincentives to bring about change. “They must also get much better at evaluating the measures they put in place,” she added.“In order to help people live healthier and happier lives, we need to understand much more about what sorts of policies will have an effect on how people behave. And the best way to do this is through research, proper evaluation of policies and the provision of well-informed and independent scientific advice.”last_img read more

Press release: Training introduced to help faith leaders support their communities

first_imgOver 300 faith leaders will benefit from new training to support their leading roles within communities, Faith Minister Lord Bourne today (8 February 2019) confirmed.Developed following direct consultation with faith leaders, the Faith Leader Training programme will empower faith leaders with the confidence and knowledge to meet the changing needs of their congregations.The voluntary training will be delivered in-person and online and will focus on improving the capacity of faith leaders to identify issues like domestic and sexual abuse and mental health concerns, as well educating them on equalities legislation and UK marriage law.The initiative will help places of worship to have well-qualified, informed and confident faith leaders able to better support their congregants and signpost them to the relevant professional services.Faith Minister Lord Bourne said: Office address and general enquiries Great leadership can have a transformative effect upon an organisation. Our faith communities are doing amazing work up and down the country and one of the reasons for this is the exceptional dedication, vision and passion of their leaders. This training initiative will support them in their continued pursuit of excellence and help ensure that our faith leaders are confident in engaging with some of our pressing social challenges, committed to the highest standards of governance and effective and fulfilled in their ministries. Strengthening Faith Institutions (SFI): A programme which helps places of worship build effective governance structures, develop robust financial management procedures and support Charity Commission registration Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-government.If you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale. Media enquiries General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 Contact form https://forms.communit… 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF Register Our Marriage (ROM): A campaign working with faith communities to raise awareness on elements of marriage legislation (i.e. the need for UK religious marriages to be registered / the fact that spouses are not protected by English law in unregistered religious marriages which have been conducted in the UK). I welcome a dynamic and focused training programme for faith leaders as I believe that enhancing faith leaders’ capacity to minister confidently in the British context will help them to engage and support their communities in a much more effective and cohesive way. Social media – MHCLG In designing and developing the Faith Leader Training programme, the government has engaged directly with faith leaders of various faiths and denominations to help collaboratively shape and structure the curriculum and ensure the training offer meets the needs of religious ministers themselves.Imam Qari Asim, Senior Imam at Leeds Makkah Mosque and Executive Member of the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board: Faith ministers are the heart and soul of our communities, acting as role models and leaders and providing support and guidance to their congregations. Our Faith Leader Training programme recognises this central role and will ensure they are able to better support their congregations. It is the first-step as we follow our commitment in the Integrated Communities Strategy green paper to support and listen to our faith communities Email newsdesk@communities.gov.uk The Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion have been selected to deliver the training following an open tendering process.They have a strong track record of working collaboratively with different faith communities across the UK. Their rich experience and expertise will help ensure the programme addresses the needs of faith communities in ways that are constructive, relevant and meaningful.Andrew Davies, Director of the Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion: Further informationIn March 2018, this government published the Integrated Communities Strategy green paper, which invited views on our vision for building strong, integrated communities where people – whatever their background – live, work, learn and socialise together, based on shared rights, responsibilities and opportunities.We anticipate the Faith Leader Training initiative will complement the following programmes: Twitter – https://twitter.com/mhclgFlickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhclgLinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/company/mhclglast_img read more