Key Quotes for 2018

Key Quotes for 2018

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Last update: Wednesday 18th July
 
Millions more people this year are facing severe hunger caused by new and worsening conflicts, a study that measures levels of food insecurity and cases of malnutrition around the world has found. Last year, 124 million people in 51 countries faced crisis levels of hunger, compared with 108 million people in 48 countries in 2016, and 80 million in 2015, the Global Report of Food Crises by the Food Security Information Network (FSIN) says.
Disasters/WarChurch Times – 29 March 2018
 
Religious education ranked near the bottom of a YouGov poll looking at which school subjects were considered important. Only twelve percent considered it “very important”, with the majority calling it “not very important."
EducationPremier Youth and Children’s Work – April 2018
 
The poorest people in London pay, as a proportion of income, six times more in council tax than the highest earners, new analysis from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) suggests. The tax constitutes 8.1 percent of income for those in the lowest decile, and 1.3 percent for those in the highest.
MoneyChurch Times – 29 March 2018
 
Students from faith schools in England are less likely to be absent from school than pupils in other state schools. Around 20 percent of faith schools reported a persistent absence issue with that number rising to 34 percent at other state-funded schools, according to Department for Education figures.
EducationPremier Youth and Children’s Work – April 2018
 
The leaders of 44 African Countries have signed up to one of the world’s largest free-trade deals, creating a single market of 1.2 billion people. The African Continental Free Trade Area, signed on 21 March in Kigali, Rwanda, puts the countries into a single trading bloc. This would be the largest created since the World Trade Organization in 1995.
World IssuesChurch Times – 6 April 2018
 
There were 37,443 recorded knife offences in the year up to September 2017. Four teenagers were stabbed to death on New Year’s Eve alone, bringing the total number of deaths to 80 in 2017.
CrimePremier Youth and Children’s Work – April 2018 (oxygen-online.org)
 
Pop star Ed Sheeran wants a private chapel in his garden. His planning application states “it is every person’s right to be able to have a place of retreat for contemplation, prayer and religious observances."
What famous people sayPremier Christianity – April 2018
 
Energy companies will soon be banned from back-billing customers for gas and electricity used more than 12 months previously. Ofgem said correct billing was an essential part of customer service, and large bills could leave consumers struggling financially. The average back-bill was £1,160 last year, but extreme cases have seen customers receiving bills of £10,000.
MoneyThe Sentinel – 5 March 2018
 
Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, and renowned atheist Richard Dawkins have both signed a letter in The Daily Telegraph along with more than 60 others, arguing that the cap on the number of religious students at faith schools should stay. Currently, faith schools are limited in the number of pupils they can admit who share the religious ethos of the school. However, the government has committed to lifting the 50 percent cap in order to encourage faith groups to open new schools.
EducationPremier Christianity – April 2018
 
The UK games market grew 12.4% to record £5.11 billion last year despite the squeeze on consumer spending and household incomes, figures show.
EntertainmentThe Sentinel – 2 March 2018
 
In France, sex with children under 15 is to be classed as rape, irrespective of ‘consent’. The move came following public outrage at the acquittal of a man accused of raping an 11-year-old girl. It will give more protection to 13 and 14-year-olds than UK law.
CrimeThe Christian Institute – Spring 2018
 
The number of motorists caught using a mobile phone illegally has almost halved since penalties for offenders were doubled, figures show. Around 39,000 fixed penalty notices were issued to drivers between March and December last year compared with 74,000 during the same period in 2016, according to police data.
CrimeThe Sentinel – 1 March 2018
 
The Pakistan government unveiled an historic fatwa (religious meaning) in mid-January condemning Islamic extremism and vigilante ‘blasphemy’ attacks, in a potentially positive development for the country’s minority Christian community. By issuing the fatwa with the support of 1,829 religious leaders the Pakistani Government is addressing extremism from a religious perspective.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now – April 2018
 
Public satisfaction with GP services has dropped to the lowest level since the 1980s, a survey has found. The British Social Attitudes survey found satisfaction with family doctor services - usually seen as the “jewel in the crown” of the NHS – fell to its lowest level in 35 years.
HealthThe Sentinel – 28 February 2018
 
A clear majority of people on the Isle of Man support the right to life before birth and oppose sex-selective abortion, according to poll results revealed in February.
Research by ComRes, on behalf of Concerned Manx Healthcare Professionals, found that 70% of people believe the law should be defined so that sex-selective abortion is not possible, and 81% of people think all pregnant women should be assessed by a doctor before abortion to ensure that there is no coercion.
Social IssuesEvangelicals Now – April 2018
 
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