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Government 'may sanction nerve-agent use on rioters', scientists fear (Steve Connor ,The Independent)

Leading neuroscientists believe that the UK Government may be about to sanction the development of nerve agents for British police that would be banned in warfare under an international treaty on chemical weapons.

A high-level group of experts has asked the Government to clarify its position on whether it intends to develop "incapacitating chemical agents" for a range of domestic uses that go beyond the limited use of chemical irritants such as CS gas for riot control.

The experts were commissioned by the Royal Society, the UK's national academy of sciences, to investigate new developments in neuroscience that could be of use to the military. They concluded that the Government may be preparing to exploit a loophole in the Chemical Weapons Convention allowing the use of incapacitating chemical agents for domestic law enforcement.

The 1993 convention bans the development, stockpiling and use of nerve agents and other toxic chemicals by the military but there is an exemption for certain chemical agents that could be used for "peaceful" domestic purposes such as policing and riot control.

The British Government has traditionally taken the view that only a relatively mild class of irritant chemical agents that affect the eyes and respiratory tissues, such as CS gas, are exempt from the treaty, and then only strictly for use in riot control.

But the Royal Society working group says the Government shifted its position to allow the development of more severe chemical agents, such as the type of potentially dangerous nerve gases used by Russian security forces to end hostage sieges. "The development of incapacitating chemical agents, ostensibly for law-enforcement purposes, raises a number of concerns in the context of humanitarian and human-rights law, as well as the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)," the report says.

"The UK Government should publish a statement on the reasons for its apparent recent shift in position on the interpretation of the CWC's law enforcement position." The Royal Society group points to a 1992 statement by Douglas Hogg, the then Foreign Office Minister, who indicated that riot-control agents were the only toxic chemicals that the UK considered to be permitted for law-enforcement purposes. But in 2009 ministers gave a less-restrictive definition suggesting the use of "incapacitating" chemical agents would be permitted for law-enforcement purposes as long as they were in the categories and quantities consistent with that permitted purpose.

Professor Rod Flower, a biochemical pharmacologist at Queen Mary University of London, said the latest scientific insights into human brain is leading to novel ways of degrading human performance using chemicals.

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Food bank use rises dramatically in Britain

By Dennis Moore

9 February 2012

Tens of thousands of Britons are struggling to make ends meet, forcing ever greater numbers to resort to the use of food banks.

There are now 163 food banks in the UK. In 2011 alone there was one opening every week.

Food banks were first launched in 2000 by the Trussell Trust to address the problem of providing emergency provisions of food to people who had no money. People are referred from Citizens Advice, GPs (doctors), social workers and school liaison officers. Each person is entitled to three vouchers at a time, with each voucher exchanged for an emergency bag of food that lasts approximately three days.

Food banks have seen a rise in some cases of between 15 percent and 30 percent in traffic since the beginning of the recession. The level of generalised poverty in the UK has grown to 13 million people living below the poverty line.

Chris Mould, executive chairman of the Trussell Trust, has estimated that 1,000 food banks are needed across the country. The charity is planning to expand its operation to 445 food banks by 2015 to be able to feed 450,000 people a year, but this will rely on receiving £1.6 million in funding.

There has been a marked increase in the number of young people needing help since January, 2011 when the government scrapped the Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) paid to working class youth to seek higher. The manager of the Salisbury Food Bank, Mark Ward, says, We have kids at college coming in. They might live at home, but the parents have issues, or they may be sofa surfingliving at friends houses.

In September 2011, the Trussell Trust said that the numbers of young people using its food banks had risen from 41,000 to 65,500 in the previous 12 months.

Many young people are not entitled to welfare benefits. Now the government is launching a major attack on existing welfare arrangements that will force many people already on the bread line over the edge.

It is estimated that up to one third of the UK population have little or no savings, or any available funds to fall back on. Mould said, We have people who are going without food in order to feed their children, sometimes for days, for all sorts of different reasons, but fundamentally because their incomes are too low to support their basic needs of housing, clothing and food.

The growth in the use of food banks is not restricted to those on benefits, or the lowest incomes. Ten percent of those using food banks would be considered middle income people, who have had to suffer pay freezes or have lost their jobs.

In 2011 FareShare, an organisation founded in 2004 that redirects food trade surpluses to those in need from 17 sites in the UK, saw an increase in the number of people it feeds from 29,000 to 35,500. The number of organisations who have signed up to receive food from FareShare rose from 600 to 700. Some 42 percent of those organisations recorded increases of up to 50 percent in demand for their services, the largest annual increase in the number of charities asking for help.

For those dependent on benefits, it has become a hand-to-mouth existence. One woman who was eight months pregnant had to resort to burning shelves to be able to keep warm.

In 2011, three factories closed down in the small town of Okehampton in Devon, leaving 350 workers redundant. A local food bank run from a Baptist church, which had previously sent food parcels to impoverished East European countries, had to redirect some of its aid to Okehampton, due to the unprecedented demand. As many as 200 people a week sought food assistance following the closures. Many of the workers had not been paid for weeks, and then had to wait up to five more weeks before they started to receive any state benefits.

This exemplifies how the sharp rise in food and fuel prices is leaving many people with a stark choice: either pay the rent, try to keep warm or eat.

Martin Caraher, professor of food policy at City University London, told the Guardian that recent research confirms the massive increase in the use of food banks recorded by the Trussell Trust and FareShare.

He said, There are around 13 million people in Britain living in poverty, which is defined as earnings of 60 percent of the national average. Of those, four million are suffering nutritionally-related consequences. And the big new group are working families.

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