Key Quotes for 2019

Key Quotes for 2019

A world perspective in bite-size chunks
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Last update: Friday 18th October
 
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
 
Senior doctors in the NHS are reducing their hours, turning down extra work and even retiring early to avoid being hit with huge tax bills on their pensions, a report reveals.Nearly 20% of consultants have cut the number of hours they work and 42% have reduced the amount of extra shifts they do, faced with the threat of receiving bills that can top £50,000 in a year, according to the research commissioned by NHS Employers.
MoneyThe Guardian
 
Adults turn to older teenagers for help online more than their work colleagues or partners, a survey has shown, revealing how families are increasingly reliant on children’s knowledge of technology. Teenagers over the age of 16 were the preferred choice for advice on how to be secure online by 15%, compared to 10% who said they would ask work colleagues, according to research carried out for GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre.
Young PeopleThe Sentinel
 
Members of Britain’s elite, who hold the top jobs in politics, the judiciary, media and business, are five times more likely to have been to private school than the general population, according to research.
Work/EmploymentThe Guardian
 
The number of children living in poverty has remained at more than four million while household incomes “stagnated” last year, figures reveal. Data from the Department for Work and Pensions showed that 4.1 million children in the UK were classed as living in a relative low-income household after housing costs in the past year, unchanged from the previous 12 months.
Young PeopleThe Sentinel
 
The world’s largest medicinal cannabis company has urged the government to allow GPs to prescribe the drug, calling on the UK to be a “leader not a laggard” in one of the world’s fastest growing major industries.
HealthThe Guardian
 
The world is seeing record sea level rises and devastating floods, storms, heatwaves and wildfires as climate change impacts grow, a UN report has said.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel
 
Austerity, inequality and job insecurity are bad for mental health and governments should counteract them if they want to face up to the rising prevalence of mental illness, the UN’s top health envoy has said.
HealthThe Guardian
 
Drinking a bottle of wine per week increases the lifetime risk of cancer by the equivalent of smoking five to 10 cigarettes, research suggests. This is due to the risk of cancer in parts of the body such as the bowel, liver and oesophagus, according to the team of researchers from the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Bangor University and University of Southampton
HealthThe Sentinel
 
Doctors from ethnic minorities are too often treated as outsiders by their NHS bosses and peers and not given the support they need, according to an investigation into why they are twice as likely to face disciplinary action as white doctors.
Work/EmploymentThe Guardian
 
Middle class people aged 60 to 74 are earning more than double what their parents were taking home at the same age as they are increasingly forced to work as they get older.The IFS says it reflects employment rates for older men and women continuing to rise as life expectancy increases and they have to compensate for less generous pensions than previous generations.
The ElderlyThe Telegraph
 
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
 
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