Key Quotes for 2019

Key Quotes for 2019

A world perspective in bite-size chunks
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Last update: Sunday 22nd September
 
Britain’s biggest companies have been ordered to cap sky-high salaries for top bosses and align them more closely with ordinary workers, or face the wrath of a new regulator. A hard-hitting report claims that soaring pay packages for fat cat executives at FTSE 100 firms are a symbol of “corporate greed” and are tarnishing Britain’s reputation.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel
 
The number of parents fined for their children’s poor attendance at school has rocketed by 74.7%, figures show. There has been an increase in the number of penalty notices issued from 149,300 in 2016/17 to 260,877 in 2017/18, according to data from the Department for Education. The most common reason for a penalty notice being issued was unauthorised family holiday absence.
EducationThe Sentinel
 
The United Kingdom is one of the happiest countries in the world and is getting more cheerful, the annual United Nations investigation into contentedness has suggested.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel
 
Tougher penalties are not an effective deterrent against handheld mobile use by drivers as many are “returning to their old ways”, research suggests.
CrimeThe Sentinel
 
The NHS is unable to train enough GPs and nurses to meet demand and the situation is at crisis point, leading health experts have warned.
HealthThe Sentinel
 
Smoking potent forms of cannabis greatly increases the risk of serious mental illness, a major study has found. Taking any version of the drug daily was found to triple the chances of developing psychosis. Scientists carried out the study at 11 sites in five countries across Europe, as well as one in Brazil.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Sentinel
 
County lines drug gangs are fuelling a rise in the number of British children being used as slaves – with cases more than doubling in a year. Figures released by the National Crime Agency showed the number of modern slavery cases involving UK minors went from 676 in 2017 to 1,421 in 2018.
CrimeThe Sentinel
 
A major consultation is set to be ordered into NHS-funded IVF treatments offered to couples desperate for a child – to end one of the health service’s most controversial postcode lotteries.
HealthThe Sentinel
 
Freelancers could see their income fall by as much as £7,500 a year due to punitive tax reforms due to be introduced from April. The rules, which have been in force for public sector contractors since 2017, mean hiring firms rather than contractors themselves will be responsible for determining an individual’s tax status.
Work/EmploymentThe Telegraph
 
A quarter of investors are stuck with assets they want to sell but cannot easily get rid of, research shows. Unlisted shares are the most commonly held of these “illiquid” assets, followed by debt investments such as loans. Other investors have holdings in digital currencies such as Bitcoin or investments in art, classic cars, motorcycles, boats or yachts.
MoneyThe Telegraph
 
Fresh efforts to tackle scam adverts across Facebook are being introduced in the UK following action taken by the consumer champion Martin Lewis. The social media company is releasing a scam ads reporting tool, with a specially trained team investigating alerts raised by users, reviewing reports and taking down violating posts to clamp down on potentially misleading adverts.
MediaThe Guardian
 
Britons are being exposed to harmful chemicals from birth, with even mothers' breast milk containing a high concentration of flame retardants.The warning comes from the Commons environmental audit committee, in a report which has raised concerns about flame-retardant chemicals used on home furnishings.
HealthSky News
 
Car insurance premiums are due to rise by up to £75 a year after the Government changed the rules on how much insurers must pay victims of serious crashes.Insurers are likely to pass these higher costs on to consumers following Lord Chancellor David Gauke's decision to change the Ogden rate, or discount rate, from -0.75pc to -0.25pc.
MoneyThe Telegraph
 
The true cost of cheap, unhealthy food is a spiralling public health crisis and environmental destruction, according to a high-level commission. It said the UK’s food and farming system must be radically transformed and become sustainable within 10 years.
EnvironmentThe Guardian
 
The number of parents fined for their children’s poor attendance at school has rocketed by 74.7%, figures show. There has been an increase in the number of penalty notices issued from 149,300 in 2016/17 to 260,877 in 2017/18, according to data from the Department for Education. The most common reason for a penalty notice being issued was unauthorised family holiday absence.
EducationThe Sentinel
 
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