Key Quotes for 2018

Key Quotes for 2018

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Last update: Monday 18th June
 
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
 
A study of 104,980 adults has indicated that a diet high in ultra-processed foods could increase the risk of cancer by 12%. Ultra-processed foods such as fizzy drinks, packaged bread and cake, cereal and processed meats could increase the risk of cancer, according to a new study.
Food and DrinkThe Sentinel - 15th February 2018
 
Government plans to boost the number of trainee nurses are failing – with UCAS figures revealing a second decline in applications this year, nursing leaders have warned...Calling for a national recruitment campaign, the RCN described the nursing workforce as “shrinking,” with the at least 40,000 vacancies in England’s NHS.
HealthThe Sentinel - 5th February 2018
 
Newborn babies in low-income, underdeveloped or conflict-ridden countries are dying at an “alarmingly high rate”, owing to a lack of affordable, quality health-care, nutrition and clean water, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned. In a new report, Every Child Alive: The urgent need to end newborn death, UNICEF states that 2.6 million newborn babies around the world do not survive their first month of life: of these, one million die on the day that they are born.
World IssuesChurch Times - 23rd February 2018
 
A new study asking children in care about their experiences found that half those under the age of seven did not know why they were in care. The study, by the charity Coram Voice and the University of Bristol, is the largest of its kind, surveying 2263 children and young people across different regions. On the whole, the survey found that most children and young people felt that being in care had improved their lives. But younger children’s experience was less positive.
Young PeopleChurch Times - 23rd February 2018
 
The birth of Jesus has been ranked among key historical events people in the UK most wish they had experienced first-hand according to a poll by Casumo.
Religion/SpiritualityPremier Christianity - March 2018
 
The technology giant Google has come under attack after its voice-activated personal assistant Google Home was able to answer the questions “Who is Mohammed?” and “Who is Buddha?” but could not answer “Who is Jesus?”.
Religion/SpiritualityPremier Christianity - March 2018
 
Children who have escaped the war in Syria face further trauma at school, a report by World Vision suggests. For the report, Beyond Survival, 400 displaced children in southern Syria were asked about their new lives away from home. Almost seven out of ten reported psychologically damaging experiences of physical and verbal abuse, and aggression at school. The survey found that children were struggling with poverty, malnutrition, displacement, and over-crowded housing, and bullying at school.
Disasters/WarChurch Times - 29 March 2018
 
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