Key Quotes for 2018

Key Quotes for 2018

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Last update: Thursday 18th October
 
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
 
Nearly half of “empty nesters” whose adult children have left home are not considering moving to a smaller property themselves. Some 45% of parents whose children have moved out of the family home are staying put with no intention of downsizing, Lloyds Bank found. Empty nesters typically have two spare bedrooms as a result of their children moving out – but many are now being used as home offices, guest rooms or hobby rooms.
FamilyThe Sentinel - 27th April 2018
 
Pakistan’s citizens must now declare their religion when applying for identity documents, or if they want to work in Government or register to vote, Islamabad’s High Court ruled on 9th March. Applicants who disguise their true religion defy the constitution and betray the state, the judge said. Their true religion must now also be visible on birth certificates, ID cards, voters’ lists and passports. Many other jobs, including those in Government and the army, need applicants to submit an affidavit declaring that Muhammad was the final prophet.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicalsNow - May 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
 
Age UK reported in March that almost 1 million older people say their lives rarely have any meaning. Based on interviews with older people, Age UK found that many were not motivated to look after themselves. Significantly, ‘all these people lacked hope that life could change for the better’.
The ElderlyEvangelicalsNow - May 2018
 
Seaside towns dominate a list of the top areas of the UK for personal insolvencies, a study shows. The Isle of Wight, Great Yarmouth, Scarborough, Whitby and Torquay were said to be struggling to recover from decades of decline in coastal industries and the growth of overseas holidays.
Travel/TourismThe Sentinel - 26th March 2018
 
Scientists have developed a blood and urine test that can detect autism in children. Researchers at the University of Warwick said the test, believed to be the first of its kind, could lead to earlier diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in children who could then be given appropriate treatment earlier.
HealthThe Sentinel - 19th February 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
 
The number of GPs in England fell by 0.6% at the end of last year, with many leaving the profession due to the “pressure”, their professional body said. The Royal College of GPs said latest NHS Digital figures show the number of family doctors fell to 33,872 in December from 34,091 in September.
HealthThe Sentinel - 16th February 2018
 
A “profound” lack of curiosity about religion, faith or God was evident in interviews with teenagers explored in a report from the charity Youthscape, published this week. Researchers detected, in addition to “spiritual apathy,” a fear that questions might cause offence, a reiteration of the sentiment that “we are all the same,” and a “passive engagement” with God, in which young people believed that “God has to come to me”.
Young PeopleChurch Times - 2nd March 2018
 
Wage growth is set to outpace inflation this year and rise at its fastest rate since the 2008 financial crisis, according to a Bank of England survey. Private sector companies are expected to raise average pay by 3.1% in 2018, marking a jump from the better-than-expected 2.6% rise in 2017.
MoneyThe Sentinel - 15th February 2018
 
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