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Key Quotes for 2019

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Last update: Tuesday 17th September
 
55 per cent of victims of crime in England and Wales say the justice system failed to meet their needs, and only 25 per cent felt they were properly supported after reporting incidents to the police. Two-thirds of victims were left unaware of their rights. 20 per cent said they were not referred to support services and 43 per cent were not notified of developments like a perpetrator being arrested. Victim Support / The Independent.
CrimeThe Week – 11th August 2018
 
British Consumers are facing a hike in food prices of at least 5 per cent as a result of extreme weather this year, economics warn. Extended ‘frigid and baking weather’ seen in the winter and summer will likely increase household food bills by an estimated £7.15 a month, the Centre for Economics and Business Research says. Between March and July, the wholesale “farm gate” prices of some staples rocketed. The price of wheat for bread rose by a fifth and carrots by 80 per cent.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel – 28th August 2018
 
At least half of the more than 1.35 billion people in the world living in poverty are children. That is one of the key findings of the 2018 global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI).
World IssuesChurch Times – 28th September 2018
 
There are 5.1 million people in the UK who would consider themselves members of churches. There are 50,000 registered churches and 40,000 of those churches have their own building.
Religion/SpiritualityChristianity Inside – October 2018
 
Going teetotal is the only way to avoid risking health with alcohol, scientists have claimed. A major global study has concluded there is no safe limit to alcohol consumption. Previous research suggests moderate levels of alcohol – around one drink a day for women and two for men – may protect against heart disease. But the American authors of the new study insist that any benefits from drinking alcohol are outweighed by the harms.
HealthThe Sentinel – 24th August 2018
 
More than 14 million people, including 4.5 million children, live in poverty in the UK, according to a new measure designed to track its rate. More than half of that number – 58.2 per cent – live in what the analysis calls “persistent poverty”, where people are in poverty now, and have been for at least two out of the past three years.
MoneyChurch Times – 21st September 2018
 
In May 2012 the UK Christian Institute reported that children as young as four were being removed from school for sexual misconduct. They were among almost 15,000 youngsters who had been expelled or suspended for sexual offenses – including assaults on teachers – in the previous five years. More than 1,100 were primary school children, some in reception classes.
EducationSword – September/October 2018
 
More Migrants from eight eastern European countries are now leaving the UK than coming for the first time since the nations joined the EU in 2004, official figures show. Estimated net long-term migration from the so-called EU8 states including Poland and Czech Republic has dropped sharply since the Brexit vote. A similar downward trend has occurred for other groups of EU states, bringing overall EU net migration down to around 87,000.
World IssuesThe Sentinel – 24th August 2018
 
Four million people have suffered from financial hardship as a result of paying for a funeral for a loved one.
MoneyChurch Times – 21st September 2018
 
Average earnings are still £13 a week lower than they were a decade ago. An economic think tank has reported. Just over two million more people have found work since the financial crash of 2008, with more than a million of those in the poorest third of households, the research by the Resolution Foundation showed. However, with 800,000 workers currently on zero-hour contracts, job insecurity is still “widespread”.
MoneyThe Sentinel – 22nd August 2018
 
The move to add a third ‘gender option’ in addition to male and female was to comply with a ruling by the country’s highest court. The Federal Constitutional Court said in November 2017, while considering a high-profile case involving an intersex person, that people must be allowed to be entered in records as neither male nor female.
The LawEvangelicals Now – October 2018
 
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