Fake news, Coronavirus, and social prescribing: New Official Publications 07.09.20

Newly published official publications from :

The European Union

General view of the Plenary chamber in Brussels – PHS Hemicycle – Plenary session week 46 2014. © European Union 2014 – Source EP

Disinformation and Science: Report of an investigation into gullibility of false science news in central European countries. “The main aim of this report is to present and discuss the results of a survey concerning perspectives on fake news among undergraduate university students in central and eastern Europe. The survey was carried out in spring 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic, using an online questionnaire. The report discusses the causes related to social trust and types of media consumption.”

COVID-19: Policy responses across Europe. “The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the lives of individuals and societies, including on the economy and labour markets, is unprecedented. Eurofound’s COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch database provides information on initiatives introduced to cushion these effects. This report aims to present an overview of both large-scale government measures and collective agreements that impact on large groups of workers, setting this in the context of the evolving labour market situation.”

European enterprise survey on the use of technologies based on artificial intelligence. “This study aimed to conduct the first EU-wide survey on the uptake of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies among enterprises.”

Westminster and the UK Government

House of Commons Library (c) Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament

House of Commons Library (c) Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament

Problem drug use in Scotland: Government response has just been published in response to the Scottish Affairs Committee’s 2019 report following their inquiry.

Social prescribing research briefing. “Social prescribing is a means for GPs and other healthcare professionals to refer patients to non-clinical services in the local community. Such services can include arts or nature-based activities, physical activity classes and counselling. Evaluations of existing social prescribing schemes have reported positive impacts on people’s mental health and wellbeing and a reduction in demand on health services.”

Consultation on Distributing vaccines and treatments for COVID-19 and flu. “The UK government … is seeking views on proposed changes to the Human Medicine Regulations 2012. The consultation covers:

  • authorising temporary supply of an unlicensed product
  • civil liability and immunity
  • expanding the workforce eligible to administer vaccinations
  • promoting vaccines
  • making provisions for wholesale dealing of vaccines

The consultation closes on Friday 18th September 2020.”

The Scottish Parliament and Government

Scottish Parliament

Image © Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body – 2012. Licensed under the Open Scottish Parliament Licence v1.0.

Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill This research briefing explains the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill. “This Scottish Government bill seeks to modernise, consolidate and extend hate crime legislation in Scotland. It deals with the aggravation of more general offences by prejudice as well as specific hate crime offences.”

Animal welfare prosecutions reported by the Scottish SPCA: 2011-2019. “Findings of analysis of animal welfare case data collected by the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.”

Heritage Sector (Impact of Covid-19) Official Report from the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee’s meeting 3rd September 2020.

Official Statistics

Unity and division in Great Britain: 24 April to 28 June 2020. “The effect of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on perceptions of unity and division in Great Britain, using the weekly Opinions and Lifestyle Survey (OPN). Includes an assessment of unity and division over time and across numerous socioeconomic divides, such as age, sex and perceptions of community.”

Recorded Crimes and Offences: “Number, and rate per 10,000 population, of crimes and offences [in Scotland] recorded by the police.”

Working and workless households in the UK: April to June 2020. “The economic status of households in the UK and the people living in them, where at least one person is aged 16 to 64 years. Taken from the Labour Force Survey.”

If you’d like to know more about official publications just get in touch with us at the Maps, Official Publications and Statistics Unit Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Our enquiry desk is currently closed, however we can be contacted by email at library-mapsandop@glasgow.ac.uk



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