Key Quotes - Social Issues

Key Quotes - Social Issues

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Last update: Monday 23rd April
 
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
 
There are 94,000 children currently in the care system in the UK, with 35,000 coming into care in any one year.
Social IssuesPremier Christianity - November 2017
 
Foodbank volunteers are carrying out £30-million-worth of unpaid work a year, new research has revealed, writes a staff reporter. Figures published this week by the Trussell Trust and the Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN) show that volunteers are donating nearly 3 million hours each year to distribute food to those in need of emergency help, and a further 1.2 million hours to carry out administrative tasks at foodbanks. If volunteers were paid the national living wage -- currently £7.50 per hour for over 25s -- the cost would be at least £30.8 million, the study estimates.
Social IssuesChurch Times - 20th October 2017
 
A ComRes poll of over 2,000 adults in Great Britain showed that 72% of the public think abortion should continue to be subject to a legal framework, including the requirement to get the consent of two doctors and not allowing abortion after 24 weeks unless the child is disabled or the mother’s life in danger. Just 12% disagreed.
Social IssuesCARE - 7th November 2017
 
Theresa May has said that the government will consider switching the system for organ donation in England from 'opt-in' to 'opt-out'. A consultation is expected later this year. Wales has already adopted the approach, and Scotland intends to do the same.
Social IssuesChristian Concern - 6th October 2017
 
A Care Quality Commission inspection of a Marie Stopes International Clinic has revealed that staff feel under pressure to encourage women to terminate their pregnancies. The Times reports concerns from staff at the Clinic that their performance would be judged negatively if a pregnant woman decided not to proceed with a termination.
Social IssuesCARE Impact Direct - 20th October 2017
 
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