Key Quotes for 2017

Key Quotes for 2017

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Last update: Thursday 30th March
 
Cannabis possession warnings and fixed penalty notices have more than halved in a four-year period, according to troubling new figures. The Times reported that figures from the Ministry of Justice found that the number of cannabis warnings fell from 72,172 in 2012 to 35,343 in 2016. In the same period, the total number of £80 fixed penalty notices for possession fell from 16,074 to 6,915.
CrimeThe Christian Institute - 24th February 2017
 
More than 90 per cent of UK universities are restricting free speech, a shocking new report has found. The Free Speech University Ranking (FSUR), by Spiked magazine, states that 21 universities have banned speakers from attending debates or lectures in the last year. Twenty universities have also banned the sale of one or more newspaper on their campuses.
EducationThe Christian Institute - 24th February 2017
 
One in four British charities—nearly 50,000 in all—is faith-based, says Rachel Wharton of New Philanthropy Capital, a think-tank. Half of all charities working in overseas aid have religious roots. Such groups receive nearly a quarter of the total income of registered charities in England and Wales—about £16bn ($20bn) a year.
Social IssuesThe Economist - 23rd February 2017
 
Former employees of US abortion giant Planned Parenthood have spoken out about how abortion 'quotas' were implemented in order to meet sales targets.
World IssuesChristian Concern - 10th February 2017
 
Doctors should screen all mothers for depression and anxiety in the weeks after giving birth, according to the NHS advisory body. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence said staff are too often confusing symptoms of mental health disorders, such as sleep disruption and changes to appetite, with “what is considered normal” in postnatal women.
HealthThe Telegraph - 8th February 2017
 
Researchers found the majority of couples who are unhappy when their first child is born feel fulfilled a decade later. Seven in ten couples stay together following the birth of their first child despite being unhappy, according to the Marriage Foundation.
FamilyThe Telegraph - 8th February 2017
 
The United Kingdom has among the highest rates of family instability in the developed world, a study by an international group of academics has found. Three in five (62 per cent) British children born to unmarried parents living together experience family breakdown before they hit their teens. In contrast, only 45 per cent of American children, 15 per cent of Belgian children and six per cent of Spanish children born to cohabiting parents undergo the same seismic shift in their family dynamic by the age of 12.
FamilyMarriage Foundation - 5th February 2017
 
Campaigners have called on the Scottish Government to introduce a ban on drug-driving following the publication of an alarming new study. Research in the Forensic Science International journal found there were as many motorists’ deaths relating to cannabis use as alcohol use between 2012 and 2015 in Scotland. One in five drivers killed in road accidents tested positive for cannabis during the period.
CrimeThe Christian Institute - 10th February 2017
 
Child-on-child sex offences have significantly increased over the past four years, new figures have revealed. In England and Wales there was a 78 per cent increase in reported offences, with 9,290 in 2016 compared to 5,215 in 2013.
CrimeThe Christian Institute - 10th February 2017
 
Since abortion was first legalised in the former Soviet Union in 1920, there have been over one billion babies killed worldwide...Data was collated from over 100 nations, territories and regions where abortion figures are available, up to 2015.
World IssuesThe Christian Institute - 10th February 2017
 
A bill to decriminalise abortion in England and Wales passed its first reading in the House of Commons this week. Labour MP Diana Johnson's Ten Minute Rule Bill, which is being backed by abortion giant BPAS, would effectively remove all legal restrictions on abortion. MPs voted 172 to 142 in favour of the radical proposal.
The LawChristian Concern - 17th March 2017
 
Marriage is “associated with more family stability for children across the globe”, and cohabitation “typically associated with more instability”, a new study has found. The report by the Social Trends Institute also stated that there is a “growing consensus” that children are more likely to thrive in a stable family than in an unstable one.
FamilyThe Christian Institute - 10th February 2017
 
Hospital staff in Wales were physically attacked more than 18,000 times while at work, figures from the last five years have revealed. The data showed that there were also 11,000 verbal assaults.
CrimeThe Sentinel – 28th December 2016
 
The rise in online banking is being blamed on the closure of more than 1,000 banks across the UK over the last two years. New figures, revealed following research from Which?, have found that 1,046 branches shut between January 2015 and January 2017, with rural areas among the worst affected. Banking-giant HSBC was found to be the worst culprit after closing 321 branches – or 27 percent of its prance network over the 24-month period.
Social IssuesThe Sentinel – 2nd January 2017
 
Promising to remain faithful will no longer be a legal requirement for marriages in Italy, if a controversial new Bill is passed, it was reported in December. Supporters of the Bill want to remove the word ‘fidelity’ from marriage contracts, as they claim unfaithfulness in marriage is outdated and obsolete. It has been backed by the Italian Senate. Its proponents want marriage contracts to contain the same wording as same sex civil partnerships, which were legalised in 2016.
FamilyEvangelical Now – February 2017
 
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