Key Quotes for 2018

Key Quotes for 2018

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Last update: Saturday 24th February
 
Over 200,000 Scots have a serious gambling problem or are at risk of having one, according to a new report. The report by the Gambling Commission also said that two out of three Scots gambled in 2016.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Christian Institute - 1st December 2017
 
Girl guides are being urged not to say grace before meals to avoid offending Muslims or atheists. New guidance aimed at boosting ‘inclusivity’ asks Girlguiding groups to “think of a statement that doesn’t make reference to any particular god or faith”.
Social IssuesThe Christian Institute - 1st December 2017
 
The use of ‘gender-neutral’ language to refer to God is being encouraged by the Church of Sweden, after a change in policy. Clergy are urged to use the term “God” during church services instead of “He” or “the Lord”.
Religion/SpiritualityThe Christian Institute - 1st December 2017
 
Boys who ‘identify’ as girls will be allowed to use the toilets, changing rooms, tents and showers of their choice – under new guidance from Girlguiding UK...Leaders are also advised not to tell parents if their daughters will be required to share shower and sleeping facilities with boys.
Social IssuesThe Christian Institute - 1st December 2017
 
The Australian state of Victoria has become the nation's first to legalise assisted dying...The law means terminally ill patients in Australia's second-most populous state will have the right to request a lethal drug from mid-2019.
World IssuesBBC News - 29th November 2017
 
Same-sex 'marriage' has been abolished in Bermuda, after their parliament voted to replace same-sex marriage with domestic partnerships. Two thirds of Bermudan voters rejected same-sex 'marriage' in a referendum in 2016, but it was introduced this year after a supreme court ruling. Bermuda is the first territory where the law has reverted to a biblical definition of marriage.
World IssuesChristian Concern - 15th December 2017
 
Only four babies diagnosed with Down’s syndrome before birth were born in Denmark last year, a Danish official has revealed.
HealthThe Christian Institute - 15th December 2017
 
About 25,000 children aged between 11 and 16 are problem gamblers, with many learning to bet via computer games and social media, according to a report that has prompted warnings that Britain is “sleepwalking into a future public health storm”. In its annual survey of youth gambling, industry regulator the Gambling Commission voiced fears that children were gambling in a “consequence-free environment”, including through so-called “skins” betting on video games.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Guardian - 12th December 2017
 
Inspectors need new powers to tackle conservative faith schools which are “spreading beliefs that clash with British values”, a major Ofsted report will say on Wednesday. An increasing number of ultra-religious schools are teaching children in a way that threatens to undermine principles of tolerance and respect, according to the school inspectorate’s annual report.
EducationThe Telegraph - 13th December 2017
 
Published this week by the Gambling Commission, ‘Young people and gambling 2017’ makes for troubling reading. The report highlights that about 370,000 11-16 year-olds had spent their own money on a gambling activity in the week prior to taking part in the study. Furthermore, 11% of young people had played gambling-style social games which are often played on smartphone or tablet apps. Although these games do not involve gambling money, they normalise potentially dangerous gambling behaviours (e.g. internalising the concept of risk and reward) at a time when children are impressionable.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsCARE Impact Direct - 15th December 2017
 
A 2017 survey by YouGov and the royal charity Heads Together found that men are less likely to talk about mental health than women and that those aged 18 – 24 are almost twice as likely to discuss it than those over 65. But fewer than one in five people who have had a conversation about mental health have mentioned it to their GP and less than one in ten have spoken to either a supervisor at work or a counsellor.
HealthPremier Christianity - October 2017
 
For the first time on record, more than half of the UK population has no religion. That’s according to the latest British Social Attitudes survey. The proportion professing to be non-religious has gradually increased from 31% in 1983 to 53% today. The survey also found only 15% of people in Britain now describe themselves as Anglican, compared to 30% in 2000.
Religion/SpiritualityPremier Christianity - October 2017
 
Almost half of low earners are cutting back on basics like food so they can afford the rent, a new report suggest. Some 44% of private renters with the lowest salaries sacrificed food, clothing or leisure activities for themselves or their children to make ends meet, research by the housing charity Shelter found.
Social IssuesThe Sentinel - 20th October 2017
 
Exposure to man-made chemicals killed more than 50,000 Britons in 2015, giving the UK one of the worst records of pollution deaths in Europe, a major study has found. Globally, pollution claimed nine million lives in that one year, said researchers. In the UK, 8.39% of deaths were due to pollution, a higher proportion than in many other European countries, including Germany and France.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel - 20th October 2017
 
The cost of childcare for young children has increased up to seven times faster than wages over the past few years, a new study reveals. An analysis by the TUC showed that, in England, the average pay of parents with a one year old child has risen by 12% in cash terms between 2008 and 2016, while childcare costs shot up by 48%. TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Nearly a million working parents with one year old kids have eye-watering childcare bills”.
MoneyThe Sentinel - 20th October 2017
 
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