Key Quotes for 2019

Key Quotes for 2019

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Last update: Saturday 23rd February
 
The number of teachers leaving the profession has been increasing since 2010, highlighting a “chronic” problem with teacher retention, a report suggests. The report published by the National Foundation for Educational Research, calls for the Government to place a greater emphasis on improving teacher retention in order to ease supply pressures. Between 2010/11 and 2014/15, the rate of working-age teachers leaving the profession has increased from 8.9% to 10.3% in primary schools.
EducationThe Sentinel – 30th October 2018
 
Younger children in the care system are often confused about why they are unable to live with their parents, the latest survey of children in care suggests…It found that more than half the youngest children in care did not understand why they were not able to live at home; and one third of teenagers also did not fully understand the reasons for being in care…But the survey also found that much of children’s experience in care was positive: 82 per cent of children and young people felt that their life was getting better.
Young PeopleChurch Times – 23rd November 2018
 
Global wildlife populations have fallen by 60% since 1970 as humans overuse natural resources and pollute the planet, a report has warned. WWF has called for an ambitious “global deal” for nature and people, similar to the international Paris Agreement to tackle climate change. The percentage of the world’s seabirds with plastic in their stomach is estimated to have increased from 5% in 1960 to 90% today, the Living Planet Report 2018 says.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel – 30th October 2018
 
Britain’s home-owners typically stay put for 19 years before moving, a report has found. And with stamp duty and other moving costs to consider, more than half (54%) of home-owners say they would rather improve their current property than move to a new one. Fitting new carpets, installing a new kitchen and landscaping the garden were the most common improvements for people to have made, Barclays Mortgages found.
HousingThe Sentinel – 31st October 2018
 
Top-band taxpayers in Westminster have contributed almost £400,000 to a voluntary scheme that invites them to pay extra council tax to fund help for rough sleepers.
HousingChurch Times – 9th November 2018
 
Taking antibiotics in infancy has been linked to a higher risk of obesity, a study suggests. US researchers said the drugs may alter gut bacteria, making a child more susceptible to weight gain. The study, published in the journal Gut, found the effect was more pronounced among youngsters who used the drugs for a prolonged period. Data on more than 333,000 infants was examined.
HealthThe Sentinel – 31st October 2018
 
Millions of people with arthritis will lose around five years’ worth of “quality life” due to the condition, research has suggested. The Versus Arthritis charity said the roughly 10 million sufferers in the UK face an average of half a decade during their lifetime when the ability to work, spend time with loved ones and do the simplest of movements without pain is severely impacted by the condition, which leads to joints becoming inflamed or damaged.
HealthThe Sentinel – 5th November 2018
 
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
 
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