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Demand for foodbanks has increased sharply by 13 per cent, two years after MPs suggested that it might have plateaued. The Trussell Trust reported on Tuesday that its 428 foodbanks gave out more than 1.3 million packages of three-day food supplies to approximately 666,476 people between 1st April 2017 and 31st March this year: a 13 per cent increase from the previous year. Eight new foodbanks were added to the network during this period.
Social IssuesChurch Times - 27th April 2018
 
The number of children growing up in poverty in working households is set to be a million higher than in 2010, according to a new study. Research for the TUC estimated that 3.1 million children with working parents will be below the official breadline this year. Around 600,000 children with working parents have been “pushed” into poverty because of the Government’s benefit cuts and public sector pay restrictions, said the report.
Social IssuesThe Sentinel - 7th May 2018
 
Marriage rates for opposite-sex couples in 2015 were the lowest on record, ONS reported last week. Rates were lower for all age groups, except for men aged 65 and over and women aged 55 and over. The number of religious ceremonies, which made up 26 per cent of all marriages between opposite-sex partners, dropped by eight per cent on 2014, compared with a 1.6 per cent drop in civil ceremonies...Since 1992, civil marriages have out-numbered religious marriages each year.
Social IssuesChurch Times - 9th March 2018
 
A clear majority of people on the Isle of Man support the right to life before birth and oppose sex-selective abortion, according to poll results revealed in February.
Research by ComRes, on behalf of Concerned Manx Healthcare Professionals, found that 70% of people believe the law should be defined so that sex-selective abortion is not possible, and 81% of people think all pregnant women should be assessed by a doctor before abortion to ensure that there is no coercion.
Social IssuesEvangelicals Now – April 2018
 
A clear majority of people on the Isle of Man support the right to life before birth and oppose sex-selective abortion, according to a new poll. Research by ComRes, on behalf of Concerned Manx Healthcare Professionals, found 86 per cent of adults believe a child should have a right to life at some point before birth.
Social IssuesThe Christian Institute - 16th February 2018
 
Loneliness and mental illness are by far the commonest community issues being addressed by parish priests in the Church of England, a new survey suggests. The survey of 1094 incumbents of parishes around the C of E was conducted by the Mission and Public Affairs Council and the Church Urban Fund to inform the latest Church in Action report….More than three quarters (76 per cent) of all respondents reported that loneliness was a “significant” problem in their community last year: 18 per cent higher than in 2011.
Social IssuesChurch Times – 9 February 2018
 
One in every four parents is worried about not having enough to eat, the results of a new poll published this week suggest. In a survey of 2032 adults this month, 23 per cent of parents of children under the age of 18, and 27 per cent of parents of primary-school-aged children, said that they had either skipped, or seen someone in their household skipping, meals…The poll was commissioned by the End Hunger UK coalition, which includes the Trussell Trust, Church Action on Poverty, and Oxfam.
Social IssuesChurch Times – 2 February 2018
 
Rubber or plastic bullets should no longer be used for crowd control as they have the “potential to cause severe injuries and death”, health experts have warned. A study, which analysed published evidence on injury, disability and death associated with the use of the bullets in a number of countries including the UK, found 3% died of their injuries, while out of all the injuries reported, nearly three out of four (71%) were severe.
Social IssuesThe Sentinel – 19th December 2017
 
Analysis from the Children’s Society suggests that one million children in poverty will not be entitled to free school meals under new Universal Credit proposals. The charity calculates that once a family with one child passes the £7,400 threshold, it needs to earn £1,124 a year more – the equivalent of working 2.4 hours more each week at the national living wage – to make up for the loss in free school meals.
Social IssuesChurch Times - 22/29 December 2017
 
Foodbanks in areas where Universal Credit has been rolled out have received a surge in demand in the past six months, new figures from the UK’s biggest Foodbank network, the Trussell Trust have revealed. Universal Credit is due to be fully rolled out by 2022, when an estimated seven million are expected to claim it.
Social IssuesChurch Times - 10th November 2017
 
Girl guides are being urged not to say grace before meals to avoid offending Muslims or atheists. New guidance aimed at boosting ‘inclusivity’ asks Girlguiding groups to “think of a statement that doesn’t make reference to any particular god or faith”.
Social IssuesThe Christian Institute - 1st December 2017
 
Boys who ‘identify’ as girls will be allowed to use the toilets, changing rooms, tents and showers of their choice – under new guidance from Girlguiding UK...Leaders are also advised not to tell parents if their daughters will be required to share shower and sleeping facilities with boys.
Social IssuesThe Christian Institute - 1st December 2017
 
Almost half of low earners are cutting back on basics like food so they can afford the rent, a new report suggest. Some 44% of private renters with the lowest salaries sacrificed food, clothing or leisure activities for themselves or their children to make ends meet, research by the housing charity Shelter found.
Social IssuesThe Sentinel - 20th October 2017
 
Food bank volunteers put in a “staggering” 4.1 million hours of unpaid work a year distributing food, fundraising and other duties, a study reveals. The value of the work has been estimated at £30 million a year if the volunteers were paid the national living wage, research found. It said more than 700 independent food banks are now in operation, as well as the Trussell Trust’s 1,235, with the number needing emergency supplies rising dramatically as Universal Credit rolls out.
Social IssuesThe Sentinel - 17th October 2017
 
The NSPCC has revealed that its helpline has dealt with the highest number of calls and emails about child neglect in its history. In 2016-17 it received 19,448 calls and emails from adults concerned about child neglect, the equivalent to 53 a day. 87 per cent of those contacts were serious enough to be referred to social services or the police for further investigation, Many cases involved children under five.
Social IssuesPremier Youth and Children’s Work - October 2017
 
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