Key Quotes for 2018

Key Quotes for 2018

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Last update: Wednesday 19th December
 
Both the Church of England and the Catholic Church have renewed efforts to encourage young people to consider ordination. The Church of England announced that a third more under-32s have been recommended for training since statistics were released two years ago. Under-30s now make up 23 per cent of those entering ministry training, a 20-year high.
Young PeopleYouth and Children’s Work – October 2018
 
Smart home devices such as artificial intelligence-powered speakers are becoming increasingly common in the UK, according to research by YouGov. The firm’s Smart Homes 2018 Report reveals that almost a quarter of Britons (23 per cent) now own at least one smart device for the home, with just under one in 10 (8 per cent) owning two or more.
MediaThe Sentinel - 10th August 2018
 
In its seventh annual Good Childhood Report, which was released on Wednesday, the charity analysed the latest results of the millennium-cohort survey of more than 11,000 children aged ten to 17. This included the question whether the respondents had hurt themselves on purchase when they were 14 years old, or in any way in that past year. More than 1700 children (15.5 per cent) said that, when they were 14, they had self-harmed in the past year. Most (1237) were girls, that is, almost one in four of all girls surveyed; this was compared with the 9.2 per cent of boys.
Young PeopleChurch Times – 31st August 2018
 
Couples raising two children while working full time on minimum wage fall £49 short of a no-frills lifestyle, according to Child Poverty Action Group’s Cost of a Child report.
MoneyYouth and Children’s Work – October 2018
 
Testing in primary schools is having a damaging effect on pupils’ wellbeing, according to a poll. The survey suggests most teachers do not believe tests such as SAT’s are beneficial to children’s education.
The Sentinel - 10th July 2018
 
The free dating app SALT, which will launch next month, enables users to identify other Christians registered in their area. Like Tinder, and Bumble, users download the app on to their phone, fill out a profile, upload some photos, state preferences about who they would like to meet, and can then look through the profiles of other users.
Young PeopleChurch Times – 31st August 2018
 
England’s school system has seen greater funding cuts than Wales in recent years, according to the institute for Fiscal Studies. Cuts to local council budgets and post-16 education have fuelled a larger drop in per pupil spending in England than across the border. Overall, between 2009/10 and 2017/18 total school spending per pupil fell around 8% compared to 5% in Wales.
EducationThe Sentinel - 12th July 2018
 
Problem gambling is a “hidden epidemic” that must be treated as a public health emergency, Labour says, as it unveiled measures to tackle the issue. The Party weakened gambling laws in 2005, but now admits the “explosion in gambling advertising” it created is having a negative effect. New proposals include barring punters from betting with credit cards, a tax on betting companies, and halting all TV betting adverts during live sports events.
The Christian Institute - 21st September 2018
 
The proportion of Britons who “disagree strongly” that it is safe to talk on a handheld mobile phone while driving has reached its highest level since current records began, new research shows. Some 70% of people said they are firmly against the practice, according to the annual British Social Attitudes survey which holds data on the topic going back to 2006, comparing with just 56% in 2007.
CrimeThe Sentinel - 13th July 2018
 
The Modern Slavery Act 2015 introduced a statutory defence – Section 45 - for victims of modern slavery who were compelled to commit a criminal offence. Yet research from the Prison Reform Trust confirms that victims of modern slavery continue to be prosecuted for crimes they were forced to commit. The report studied 585 foreign national prisoners between February 2013 and March 2017 and 45 of those were identified as victims or potential victims of human trafficking.
CrimeCARE - 20th September
 
Patients who smoke are being “discriminated against” with a 75% decline in stop smoking aids being prescribed by GPs and pharmacists in England, according to analysis by a charity. The British Lung Foundation claims Clinical Commissioning Groups are “prioritising saving money over saving lives”. But it said that as people who smoke are likely to be frequent users of NHS services, it will eventually lead to a greater burden and any savings will only be in the short term.
HealthThe Sentinel - 16th July 2018
 
A transgender offender wants to change the law so that his criminal record does not reveal that he was born a man. His lawyer and Unlock, a charity for people with criminal records, say the law should be changed as it risks drawing attention to transsexuals. People who have legally changed sex have a Gender Recognition Certificate, and are entitled to have their biological sex kept secret.
The LawThe Christian Institute - 19th September 2018
 
Students could find themselves shelling out thousands of pounds more a year in living costs depending on where they choose to study, according to a study. Research by Which? University suggests that those who choose to study in London could pay out over £15,000 more over a three-year degree in rent and other items such as household bills and food compared to those at a university in Northern Ireland.
EducationThe Sentinel - 16th July 2018
 
According to a new report the Treasury will lose more than £100m for each year that it postpones the cuts on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs). Earlier this year, after calls from politicians and charities (including CARE), the Government announced that it would slash the stake on the controversial betting machines from £100 to £2 per spin. Research has shown that FOBTs are often clustered predominantly in deprived areas, their presence deliberately targeting vulnerable people. The machines have also been linked to crippling debt, marriage and family breakdown and serious mental health issues.
MoneyCARE - 19th September 2018
 
Children’s books do not reflect modern UK society, with ethnic minorities significantly under represented, according to a study. Government figures show that, in England, one in three primary school pupils are from a minority ethnic background. But the study, published by national charity the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education, says that of the 9,115 children’s books published in the UK last year, just 931 (4%) featured BAME characters.
EducationThe Sentinel - 17th July 2018
 
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