Key Quotes for 2019

Key Quotes for 2019

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Last update: Wednesday 21st August
The number of children classed as having a gambling problem has quadrupled to more than 50,000 in two years. The Gambling Commission study, released in November, suggests that 450,000 children aged 11 to 16 bet regularly, more than those who have taken drugs, smoked or drunk alcohol. Bets with friends, slot machines and scratchcards were most popular.

Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsEvangelicals Now January 2019
Last year, figures from the Office for National Statistics revealed a record number of people were dying of asthma, with experts warning that air pollution and a lack of basic care could be to blame.
HealthThe Guardian 13th February 2019
Inflation has fallen to its lowest level in two years and within a whisker of the Bank of England’s target due to a drop in petrol prices and air fares.
MoneyThe Sentinel, 17 January 2019
Social media companies are too “lazy, reluctant, and big” to protect children properly from harmful content online, and should be held responsible by stronger legislation, including fines, the Bishop of Gloucester, the Rt Revd Rachel Treweek, has said.

MediaChurch Times, 8 February 2019
League tables published in November show faith schools account for almost half of the top 500 state primary schools in the UK. Out of the top 100 state primaries, 48 are faith schools – 19 of them Church of England. The good performance comes in the face of pressure from humanists to end the government funding of faith schools. Faith schools account for just 37% of all primary schools in the UK.
EducationEvangelicals Now January 2019
The numbers of criminals being caught with knives or dangerous weapons is at the highest level since the start of the decade, new figures show. In the year to September 2018, 13,477 offences of possessing an article with blade or point resulted in a conviction or caution in England and Wales.
In addition, there were 6,946 cases where an individual was found with an offensive weapon and 958 where a knife or weapon was used to make threats against others.

Social IssuesThe Sentinel, 14 December 2018
Intensive agriculture and heavy pesticide use are a major cause of plummeting insect populations. The vanishing of insects threatens a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”, the review concluded, because of their fundamental importance in the food chain, pollination and soil health.
EnvironmentThe Guardian 13th February 2019
Former Government minister, Baroness Featherstone, claimed that women who do not agree with campaigns for gender neutral toilets cannot call themselves women’s rights campaigners.
Social IssuesThe Christian Institute 8th February 2019
Businesses and individuals need to get better at recycling, the Prince of Wales has said. At a summit in central London yesterday, Charles said: “We are the first generation to understand, in full and terrifying scientific detail, that we are destroying our world.”

What famous people sayThe Sentinel, 23 November 2018
The Times reports that its campaign to introduce no-reason divorce has been successful, saying that David Gauke, the justice secretary, is preparing a bill to make it possible for someone to divorce their spouse without showing any fault. This seriously undermines the meaning of marriage, removing any protection for a blameless spouse who wishes to stay married.
The LawChristian Concern 8th February 2019
Over 1,800 doctors and medics have signed a letter opposing the Royal College of Physicians’ (RCP) change of stance on assisted suicide. Medics say that the move sends a message of support for a change in the law.

HealthThe Christian Institute 13th February 2019
Rail fares have increased by an average of 3.1%, despite punctuality reaching a 13-year low. The cost of many rail season tickets rose by more than £100 due to the annual price hike today. One in seven trains were delayed by at least five minutes in the past 12 months as a series of major issues have plagued the railway. Press Association analysis of historical data revealed this is the worst performance since September 2005.
Travel/TourismThe Sentinel, 2 January 2019
The persecution of Christians rose by 14 per cent last year, with 30 million more people experiencing violence, discrimination or harassment because of their faith, according to Christian charity Open Doors.

Religious PersecutionChristianity, February 2019.
Religious education lessons about Jesus should include the way Muslims and Jews view him as a prophet and an investigation of his Jewish identity, experts have said. Academics think that showing pupils a range of perspectives on Jesus from different individuals and groups will make religious education more rigorous and encourage pupils to have empathy with others.

Religion/SpiritualityYouth and Children’s Work, February 2019.
Four million adults are in poverty despite having a job: a rise of more than half a million in the past five years, a new report states.

Social IssuesChurch Times, 7 December 2018
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