Key Quotes for 2004

Key Quotes for 2004

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Last update: Monday 23rd October
 
In 1994, 400,000 people were employed in farming in the UK compared to 306,000 by last year. By next year, campaigning body Farm expects up to a quarter of the UK's farms to close or merge.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel Sunday - 31st October 2004
 
The proportion of black and Asian people appointed to judicial posts increased by 6% last year. The Department for Constitutional Affairs said numbers rose from 8.9% in 2002-2003 to 14.8% in the last year.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel - 30th October 2004
 
Teenagae pregnancies are continuing to rise in Britain despite a 40m a year campaign to tackle the problem. In some parts of the country 1 in 10 girls under 18 becomes pregnant, with conception rates higher than they were before the 10 year teenage pregnancy strategy began. One example highlighted is four 15 year old girls getting pregnant by the same 16 year old boy. Britain has the highest rate of teenage pregnancies in Western Europe and the drive to reduce them is a key part of the Governments policy to tackle social deprivation.
SexThe Independent - 30th October 2004
 
Homophobic crimes have risen across the UK by 23%, according to an Independent on Sunday survey of Britains police forces.
CrimeThe Independent on Sunday - 7th November 2004
 
Nearly 4 out of 5 young Europeans say getting hold of illegal drugs is easy according to one of the largest surveys carried out into young people's attitudes towards drug taking. Most teenagers and young adults living in Europe experiment with cannabis, ecstasy and cocaine out of curiosity but a growing number, 21% compared with 16% two years ago, say drug taking is a recreational hobby.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Independent on Sunday - 7th November 2004
 
Hundreds of children could miss out on school trips after teachers have been advised to boycott outings because of the spiralling compensation culture. NASWUT, the second largest teachers union, said teachers were increasingly being blamed and threatened with legal action over accidents. In the UK over the past five years 20 children and two adults have lost their lives on school trips.
EducationThe Sentinel Sunday - 7th Novemeber 2004
 
Americans display an alarmng lack of knowledge: 40% of high school seniors think that the US fought with Germany against the Soviets during the Second World War.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel Sunday - 7th Novemeber 2004
 
Adverts for some favourite British foods will be barred from TV before the 9pm watershed under plans to cut the bulging waistlines. The ban will go far further than the burgers, chocolate, crisps and sugary drinks widely accepted as junk food. Baked beans, soup, breakfast cereal and even fish fingers could join sex, violence and bad language beyond the watershed.
Food and DrinkThe Sentinel - 15th Novemeber 2004
 
According to experts at least two million people in the UK are suffering from malnutrition. Thousands are not eating enough, with their condition going unrecognised and untreated, according to Patients 1st for Nutrition.
HealthThe Sentinel - 15th Novemeber 2004
 
Every school in England will be twinned with one abroad in the next 5 years.
EducationThe Sentinel - 15th Novemeber 2004
 
The country's biggest union has urged the Government to increase the minimum wage from the current 4.85 to 6.50 an hour. Unison said the rate had risen at a snails pace since it was introduced at 3.60 an hour in 1999.
MoneyThe Sentinel - 15th November 2004
 
British industry will continue to lag behind other countries over productivity partly because of sub standard management skills. A survey of 700 managers showed 56% believed substandard skills were to blame.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel - 15th November 2004
 
Family Doctors are to be told to get people back to work after a period of illness in a bid to end sick note culture. Each year in Britain, 166 million days are taken as sick leave and long term absences of more than 20 days make up a third of the total.
HealthThe Independent - 15th November 2004
 
Two thirds of white people in Britain admit they are prejudiced against at least one minority group, with Gypsies and asylum seekers the main targets, according to an authoritative study. The damning report identifies five types of bigotry displayed by whites, ranging from outright aggression to more subtle forms of prejudice that undermine attempts to make Britain an inclusive society.
Social IssuesThe Independent on Sunday - 14th November 2004
 
Scotland has followed Ireland's pioneering anti-tobacco stance with a total ban on smoking in all public buildings. In Scotland 1 in 4 deaths is said to be directly attributed to smoking related illnesses, with some 13,000 deaths a year, 35,000 hospital admissions and an annual financial burden on the health service in excess of 200m.
HealthThe Independent - 11th November 2004
 
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