Key Quotes for 2018

Key Quotes for 2018

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Last update: Wednesday 20th June
 
Over two thousand children were referred to the NHS’ gender identity clinic in the past year, prompting fresh concerns that more and more young people are being pushed into transsexualism...The figures are a 25 per cent increase from the previous year, with girls outnumbering boys by more than two to one.
Young PeopleThe Christian Institute - 23rd May 2018
 
Sex trafficking is taking place on an “industrial scale” across England and Wales as the government’s strategy for tackling the issue fails to deliver, new research claims. A report finds so-called “pop-up brothels” – premises rented for short periods of time to sexually exploit women – are widespread, with hundreds of vulnerable women, predominantly from Eastern Europe, being supplied by trafficking gangs into residential properties in order to be sexually exploited by British men.
CrimeIndependent - 20th May 2018
 
Four-fifths (80%) of the Post Office Travel Money’s top 40 best-selling currencies are now weaker against sterling than a year ago. Sterling’s biggest year-on-year gains have been against the Turkish lira and the Russian ruble.
MoneyThe Sentinel - 19th April 2018
 
Twenty years after the United Nations first laid out the rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs), millions are still languishing in “protracted crises” without the funding to meet their basic humanitarian needs, William Lacy Swing, the head of the UN’s International Organisation for Migration, said on Tuesday. The number of IDPs had almost doubled since 1998, to 40 million.
World IssuesChurch Times - 20th April 2018
 
Three out of 10 hospitals charge staff for car parking, new figures show. Doctors and nurses are expected to pay at 348 out of the 1,175 hospitals with parking facilities, according to NHS data. The highest average charge for staff is £2 per hour at both Edgware Community Hospital, London and Birmingham Children’s Hospital, analysis by motoring research charity the RAC Foundation revealed.
MoneyThe Sentinel - 9th April 2018
 
The Trussell Trust said its network distributed more than 1.3 million three-day food supplies in the year to March, a 13% increase on the previous 12 months. Almost half a million went to children, said the trust, which runs more than 400 foodbanks.
Food and DrinkThe Sentinel – 24th April 2018
 
Military crackdowns and escalating human-rights abuses in Myanmar last August forced about one million Rohingya people to abandon their homes and cross the border into Bangladesh. Most of this group reside in camps in the city of Cox’s Bazar – the largest refugee settlement in the world.
Disasters/WarChurch Times – 4th May 2018
 
Nearly two-thirds of doctors believe that patient safety has deteriorated over the past year, according to a report. The Royal College of Physicians found four out of five (80%) are worried about the ability of their service to deliver safe patient care in the next 12 months. The report found 64% of doctors believe that patient safety has deteriorated over the past year -10% higher than last year.
HealthThe Sentinel – 12th March 2018
 
University vice-chancellors earn far more than those in leadership roles elsewhere in the public sector, it has been reported. According to analysis, their salaries were well above those taken home by chief executives of councils and NHS hospital trusts across several major cities in England. University bosses’ pay continues to be put under the spotlight, with growing concerns over spiralling salary hikes, with several high-profile figures calling restraint.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel - 13th March 2018
 
At the age of 11, children from the poorest 20 per cent of households are four times more likely to have a serious mental-health difficulty than those in the wealthiest 20 per cent.
Young PeopleChurch Times – 18th May 2018
 
One in three adults struggle with basic maths tasks such as working out change on a shopping trip, according to new study. It suggests that adults in England and Northern Ireland perform worse on everyday numeracy tasks than those in many other countries.
MoneyThe Sentinel - 15th March 2018
 
Each year, 192,000 older people are bereaved, and about 160,000 of them become depressed. This figure is likely to rise sharply as the population ages, the study warns. Nearly one third of bereaved people aged over 65 describe themselves as very lonely, compared with just five per cent of people of the same age who have not lost their partner.
The ElderlyChurch Times – 11th May 2018
 
Nearly 40 per cent of all cancers diagnosed in the UK every year could be avoided through lifestyle changes, according to new research. Smoking is the biggest avoidable cause of cancer, followed by excess weight, overexposure to UV radiation from the sun and sunbeds, drinking alcohol, eating too little fibre, and outdoor air pollution, a study by Cancer Research UK found. Experts warned that obesity could overtake smoking as the biggest killer.
HealthThe Sentinel - 23rd March 2018
 
Before the outbreak of the conflict, an estimated 97 per cent of primary- age children, and 67 per cent of secondary-age children, in Syria were attending school, and literacy rates were higher than 90 per cent. Within Syria today, 36 per cent of school-age children – 2.1 million – are out of school.
Disasters/WarChurch Times – 4th May 2018
 
The gender pay gap is widest when a women reaches 50, at an average of more than £8,400 a year according to a new study. Full-time female workers are paid less than men at every stage of their career from when they turn 18, research by TUC showed. The average 18 to 21-year-old working full-time starts her career on the back foot financially, earning £1,845 less than her male peers, it was found.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel - 23rd March 2018
 
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