Key Quotes for 2019

Key Quotes for 2019

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Last update: Monday 19th August
 
More than 440 homeless people have died on the streets or in temporary accommodation in the UK in the past year, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has found. In its latest project, Dying Homeless, it found that there were at least 449 deaths in a year – more than one each day – but that this number may not reflect the true number. Causes of death included violence, drug overdose, illnesses, and murder. The average age at death was 49 for men and 53 for women: nearly 40 per cent lower than the average life expectancy of 82 years in the UK.
Social IssuesChurch Times – 12th October 2018
 
Tens of thousands of British children are having their tonsils removed “unnecessarily”, a new study suggests. Researchers said seven in eight youngsters given the procedure were unlikely to benefit. These “unnecessary” procedures cost the NHS tens of millions of pounds a year, they added. The most common reason for a tonsillectomy – the surgical procedure to remove the tonsils – is a recurrent sore throat.
HealthThe Sentinel – 6th November 2018
 
Problems with Universal Credit are driving an increase in the number of emergency supplies handed out at foodbanks, new figures reveal. The Trussell Trust said its network provided 658,048 supplies between April and September, a 13% increase on the same period a year ago. The charity said that if the five-week minimum wait for a first Universal Credit payment is not reduced, the only way to prevent more people relying on food banks is to pause all new claims for the benefit.
Food and DrinkThe Sentinel – 6th November 2018
 
Recent statistics published by YouGov suggest only 36 per cent of Christians think God is male. The study, which asked more than 1,000 Christians their views on the gender identity of God, also found 41 per cent believe God has no gender at all.
Religion/SpiritualityChristianity – November 2018
 
Sir Lenny Henry has urged broadcasters to boost diversity, saying it’s “not enough to have more people on Eastenders and doing the weather”. He delivered a letter to Downing Street calling for tax breaks to effect change.
What famous people sayThe Sentinel – 7th November 2018
 
A price-hiking “meat tax” could prevent almost 6,000 deaths per year in the UK and save the economy more than £700m in avoided healthcare costs, say researchers. Globally, meat taxes could save an estimated 220,000 lives by 2020 and reduce healthcare costs by £30.7bn, a study has found. The research is based on evidence linking consumption of red meat to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer.
Food and DrinkThe Sentinel - 7th November 2018
 
More than a third of adult Christians in the UK do not pray for miracles, new statistics have revealed. A survey by ComRes found 37 per cent of believers have never asked God for a miraculous act. Commissioned by BBC Local Radio, the survey concluded that 59 per cent of people identifying as Christian have requested a miracle, while 29 per cent said their prayer was answered. Assessing the general UK population, it found 62 per cent of people believe miracles are possible, with 43 per cent saying they have prayed for one at least once.
Religion/SpiritualityChristianity – November 2018
 
A debt help charity is seeing a growing number of people falling behind with fuel bills and a resurgence in the proportion of clients with high-cost credit such as payday loans. StepChange Debt Charity said the proportion of clients in arrears with council tax is also “stubbornly high”. In the first half of 2018, 13.1% of all new clients were behind on a gas or electricity bill compared with 11.4% in the first half of 2017.
MoneyThe Sentinel - 5 October 2018
 
Two out of five people have had a disagreement with their neighbour, mainly over noise, parking or barking dogs, a new study reveals. Research by the Co-op found despite rows, almost a third of people say they get on better with their neighbours than they did five years ago. Two out of three had taken in parcels for a neighbour, half are happy to keep an eye on a house and a similar number know the name of someone they live next door to.
HousingThe Sentinel - 9 October 2018
 
Young people in the UK and Ireland are among the worst in Europe for drunkenness. Despite a downward trend in underage alcohol consumption, the World Health Organization has found that 15 year old girls in the UK are the most likely to have been drunk twice out of all the countries in Europe. Boys in Eastern Europe were the only ones to drink more than those in the UK and Ireland.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsYCW – November 2018
 
The UK will beat a major tourism target two years early, VisitBritian has claimed. Forty million annual inbound visits were expected to be recorded by 2020, but a total of 40.9 million will be achieved in 2018, according to the tourism organisation. These visitors are expected to boost the economy by spending £26.3 billion.
Travel/TourismThe Sentinel - 9 October 2018
 
Workers from the UK could potentially boost their salary by nearly £15,000 typically by relocating abroad, a survey has found. More than half (52%) of those moving overseas saw an increase in their salary, although a fifth (20%) took a pay cut, according to HSBC’s Expat Explorer survey. On average, expats originally from the UK can expect to see their income increase by £14,613 after moving abroad, the study found.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel - 11 October 2018
 
Those in the 16 to 24 age bracket are lonelier than their seniors. According to research from the BBC, 40 per cent said they often feel lonely…The study found that only one-third considered loneliness to be about not having people around them. The other two-thirds took into account factors such as having no one to talk honestly to or who understands them…Loneliness was not linked to a lack of social skills. However, those who felt the loneliest had more friends on Facebook that they did not know offline.
Young PeopleYCW – November 2018
 
An estimated 1.3 million older Britons may be putting themselves at risk by taking alternative therapies which could potentially interact with their prescribed drugs, a new study suggests. GPs should ask their patients about herbal and supplement usage to identify potential side effects, according to the authors of a small study published in the British Journey of General Practice. The most commonly used supplements were cod liver oil, glucosamine, multivitamins, and vitamin D.
HealthThe Sentinel – 25th September 2018
 
Rents have risen 60 per cent faster than wages across England since 2011; private rents have gone up by 16 per cent over that period, while wages have only increases by 10 per cent.
MoneyThe Week – 11th August 2018
 
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