Key Quotes - Social Issues

Key Quotes - Social Issues

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Last update: Sunday 24th February
 
A majority of people oppose children being allowed to ‘self-define’ their gender, a poll in October found, but some respondents say they back choosing your own species. Among the 2,000 people asked, 19% backed people choosing their own age and 10% said self-declaration of species was acceptable. For people aged between 18 and 24, the figures were even more marked with nearly one in five backing self-definition of species.
Social IssuesEvangelicals Now – December 2018
 
More than 440 homeless people have died on the streets or in temporary accommodation in the UK in the past year, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has found. In its latest project, Dying Homeless, it found that there were at least 449 deaths in a year – more than one each day – but that this number may not reflect the true number. Causes of death included violence, drug overdose, illnesses, and murder. The average age at death was 49 for men and 53 for women: nearly 40 per cent lower than the average life expectancy of 82 years in the UK.
Social IssuesChurch Times – 12th October 2018
 
The population of the UK has risen by its lowest rate for over a decade, the first official population estimates since the EU referendum show. Latest calculations show there were an estimated 66,040,229 million people living in the country at the end of June last year. Over the 12 months to the middle of 2017, the inhabitants increased by 0.6%, the lowest growth rate since mid-2004.
Social IssuesThe Sentinel – 29th June 2018
 
An American survey of the millennial generation has revealed less than 29% believe abortion should be available for any reason, only 46% of women identify as feminists, and over 71% think there should be some legal protections for the unborn.
Social IssuesChristian Weekly News - 7th September 2018
 
High Court family judge Sir Andrew McFarlane says the number of care cases is putting "untenable" pressure on courts, with UK forced court care orders rising 34% in the last year alone.
Social IssuesChristian Concern - 26th July 2018
 
A Stonewall report claiming sexual abuse shelters would be unaffected by assisting men who identify as women has been fiercely attacked by a worker within the sector. The author described Stonewall’s document as “at best a disingenuous depiction” of the views of people working with abused women. At worst, she said, it could trick supporters and the public into believing that women who disagree with Stonewall “are wrongly misrepresenting female survivors of male violence”.
Social IssuesThe Christian Institute - 16th August 2018
 
The Telegraph reports that thousands of married UK couples exaggerate relationship faults to secure divorce by lying about cheating, a partner's unreasonable behaviour and the length of their separation.
Social IssuesChristian Concern - 17th August 2018
 
Christian symbols are being hidden or removed at funeral services in Scotland for fear that they will cause offence, it has emerged. The Scottish Inspector of Crematoria reports that demands for the removal of Bibles and crosses by humanists and other minorities are on the rise.
Social IssuesThe Christian Institute - 27th July 2018
 
A survey has found that Department of Health (DoH) officials are unhappy answering questions about their sexuality, despite overseeing a policy which forces doctors to ask patients about theirs. From April next year, NHS doctors and nurses will have to ask patients over the age of 16 if they are heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual, other, or unsure, regardless of the relevance of sexuality to their health complaint.
Social IssuesThe Christian Institute - 27th July 2018
 
A Barnabas Fund freedom of information request has revealed that no Christians were allowed to resettle in the UK in the first three months of 2018 (from 1,358 Syrian refugee applications). Four Christians - recommended for resettlement by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) - were rejected, with only Muslims granted permission. The Home Office only made the admission after the Information Commissioner's Office threatened court proceedings.
Social IssuesChristian Concern - 3rd August 2018
 
It was reported in January 2015 that there were 66 million recorded complaints in the UK - of which around 10% were taken to the Ombudsman Services alone.
Social IssuesThe Plain Truth - Spring-Summer 2018
 
Millions of pounds in support for deaf children is being lost, leaving services at “breaking point”, a charity has warned. Around a third of councils are making cuts, according to the National Deaf Children’s Society, which accused the Government of “woeful complacency”.
Social IssuesThe Sentinel - 14 May 2018
 
Eight out of ten people in the UK (83 per cent) would be unable to identify all of their neighbours in a police line-up, according to a recent study by Eden Project Communities. The poll of more than 4,000 UK adults also revealed that 10 per cent of Londoners cannot identify a single one of their neighbours.
Social IssuesChristianity – July 2018
 
Almost four million people in the UK have used a foodbank, the results of a poll published last week suggest. The study, commissioned by The Independent, says that one in 14 of those questioned had had to use a foodbank. Seven per cent of the 1050 British adults polled said that they had used a foodbank, which could mean that 3.7 million people have used foodbanks in the UK to receive a meal.
Social IssuesChurch Times - June 2018
 
A consultation carried out following the Internet Safety Green Paper in October found users felt powerless to deal with online safety concerns, with four in 10 experiencing abuse online and 60% witnessing inappropriate content.
Social IssuesThe Sentinel - 21 May 2018
 
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