Key Quotes for 2018

Key Quotes for 2018

A world perspective in bite-size chunks
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Last update: Tuesday 25th September
 
More than half of all child refugees remain in their home countries, research by World Vision suggests. The charity’s report On the Road to Somewhere suggests that the UK, and other wealthy countries, are not committing enough funding to the needs of those 16 million internally displaced children. Among the recommendations is “empowering children as agents of peace”.
World IssuesChurch Times - 22 June 2018
 
A YouGov survey in 2016 found that one in four university students in the UK struggle with their mental health. This ranges from those who have been diagnosed with a mental illness through to vast numbers who are battling with stress and worry: 63% of students say that they feel levels of stress that interfere with their day-to-day lives.
EducationEvangelical now – July 2018
 
A study which sought to understand how American Christians picture the face of God has found that most see the Creator as young, Caucasian, and male. Psychologists from the University of North Carolina asked 511 Christians – 330 men and 181 women – to look through hundreds of pairs of faces to build up a picture of how they imagined God to look.
Religion/SpiritualityChurch Times - 22 June 2018
 
A quarter of shops sell knives to under-age children, research suggests. Figures from retail age checking company Serve Legal showed that shop workers failed to check the age of mystery shoppers buying a knife in 26% of 2,357 test sales in 2017.
CrimeThe Sentinel - 16 May 2018
 
Hundreds, if not thousands, of Irish people are unaware that their parents are not their birth parents after the uncovering of a scandal in which adoption societies, from at least the 1940s until 1969, incorrectly registered births when they gave or sold “illegitimate” children to adoptive parents.
CrimeChurch Times - 22 June 2018
 
The number of self-made millionaires selling goods on eBay has increased by 300 in the past year, a study shows. The list of top businesses include home furniture and DIY, car parts, clothes and computers. There are now more than 1,000 so called eBay millionaires in the UK.
MoneyThe Sentinel - 16 May 2018
 
Care Crisis Review, an independent study carried out by the Family Rights Group, a group of lawyers, social workers and academics, notes that, in England and Wales, the number of care-order applications reached record levels in 2017. The number of looked-after children was at its highest since the Children Act 1989: 73,000 children are in the care system, compared with 60,000 a decade ago.
FamilyChurch Times - 22 June 2018
 
Two out of five workers only took half their annual leave in the past year, revealing the UK as a nation of workaholics, according to a new study. Research by jobs site Glassdoor found that many of those who make sure they do have all their holidays regularly check emails or even work when they are supposed to be off.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel - 24th May 2018
 
Over 40 secondary schools have banned girls from wearing skirts enforcing uniform rules in a bid to more easily cater to self-identifying transgender students.
EducationChristian Concern - 6th July 2018
 
Between 1948 and 2010, the NHS budget rose, on average, four per cent above inflation. Austerity has limited that to 1.2 per cent, even though inflation is higher in medicine than elsewhere. All this come at a time when the population is ageing, and demand for health care is consequently rising. In 1948, life expectancy for men was 66, and for women 71. Today, it is 79 and 83 respectively.
MoneyChurch Times - 15th June 2018
 
Thousands of breast cancer patients in the UK may be safely spared chemotherapy following a study. A US trial of more than 10,000 women with the most common form of early breast cancer found the treatment was unnecessary for many after surgery. It is estimated 3,000 to 5,000 UK women in the UK are likely to avoid chemotherapy every year as a result.
HealthThe Sentinel - 4 June 2018
 
Almost four million people in the UK have used a foodbank, the results of a poll published last week suggest. The study, commissioned by The Independent, says that one in 14 of those questioned had had to use a foodbank. Seven per cent of the 1050 British adults polled said that they had used a foodbank, which could mean that 3.7 million people have used foodbanks in the UK to receive a meal.
Social IssuesChurch Times - June 2018
 
The Algerian Government has been criticised for discrimination against the country’s Christian minority. Churches and individual Christians have faced increased restrictions in recent months, raising concerns that these pressures signal a ‘coordinated campaign of intensified action against churches by the governing authorities’, according to Christian advocacy group Middle East Concern.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now - July 2018
 
One in nine workers are in insecure jobs such as those on zero hours contracts, low-paid self employment or temporary posts, a study reveals. Research by the TUC found that at least 3.8 million workers in the UK are in some form of insecure employment.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel - 10th May 2018
 
Crisis says that nearly 160,000 British households are living in what it describes as the worst forms of homelessness - sleeping rough on the streets, in cars, tents, or shelters – and that, without radical action, that number will double in the next 25 years.
HousingChurch Times - 15th June 2018
 
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