Key Quotes for 2013

Key Quotes for 2013

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Last update: Friday 19th July
 
John Prescott has resigned from the Privy Council in protest at a delay to new press regulation plans that “borders on a conspiracy”. The Labour former cabinet minister took the rare step of withdrawing from the prestigious body over what he said was a “political” hold-up. It could even “embroil the Monarchy in a possible conflict with Parliament and political division between the parties”, he suggested. A cross-party Royal Charter setting up a new system of self-regulation had been expected to be approved by a committee of the Council.
PoliticsThe Sentinel - July 8, 2013
 
A Bishop has said the Church of England “failed big time” over child protection as the General Synod formally apologised for clerical sex abuse. The Rt Rev Paul Butler, Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, said for “far too long” the Church of England, notably those in senior positions, had either disbelieved them but tried to hide the truth away or hoped that by removing an offender the problem would go away. He said: “We failed big time, we can do nothing other than confess our sin, repent and commit ourselves to being different in the years ahead.”
FamilyThe Sentinel - July 8, 2013
 
Banning parents from driving their children to school to reduce childhood obesity may be “a step too far”, Britain’s leading public health expert has been warned. Professor John Ashton, president of the Faculty of Public Health, said if parents must drive children to school they should drop them off a few hundred yards away. But Justine Roberts, Chief Executive of Mumsnet, said there would be a “mixed reaction” from parents struggling to find a practical solution. And sustainable transport charity Sustrans said addressing traffic speed and volume, rather than banning the school run, was “critical” in allowing more children to walk or cycle to school
HealthThe Sentinel - July 4, 2013
 
Research from the Office of National Statistics shows that nearly 80,000 people in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire have no formal qualifications.
EducationNULC News - Summer 2013
 
The ever-increasing UK suicide rates make incredibly shocking reading. Figures from the Office of National Statistics show a significant rise in suicide in 2011 with a total of 6,045 people having taken their own life – 4,552 of them were men. Suicide is now the biggest killer of young men across the UK. More die each day as a result of suicide than road accidents, HIV/AIDS, and assaults combined. The highest rate is in 30 to 44-year-old males.
HealthIdea - July/August 2013
 
A wide-ranging new study based on the work of Alliance member Compassion has found that child sponsorship does indeed work. The independent study – published in the Journal of Political Economy – was carried out by academics at the University of San Francisco and found that children who took part in Compassion’s holistic child development through sponsorship programme stayed in school longer….It found that the children were more likely to become leaders in their communities and churches than their peers who did not participate in the programme.
FamilyIdea - July/August 2013
 
The end of the government’s matched funding scheme has failed to damage growth in the university sector, which raised 14.4 per cent more in pledges in 2011/12 than the previous year to a record £774m….The higher-education fundraising market remains dominated by Oxbridge and 22 other universities which form the ‘Russell Group’ and which account for 83 per cent of all new funds secured by universities in 2011/12….Meanwhile, universities in other ‘groups’ have seen their market share remain flat or fall. More than a quarter of universities reported an increase in income of between 50 and 100 per cent, but a greater proportion (29 per cent) reported a fall in fundraising income of more than 50 per cent.
MoneyFundraising - May 2013
 
Tesco has cemented its place as the most lucrative charity of the year partnership in the UK, smashing its £10m target for its 2012 charity partner. The supermarket chain last month announced that it raised £11.85m for Cancer Research UK, a significant leap from the £7.5m that it delivered for charity of the year partners Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Scotland. Despite reporting the first drop in its annual profits in two decades – prompted largely by a disappointing performance in the US – Tesco’s year-on-year fundraising increase represents a more that 50 per cent rise in money to charity from the retailer.
MoneyFundraising - May 2013
 
Morrisons’ partnership with Save the Children has raised £5m since it launched in 2011, making the supermarket the largest funder of the charity’s UK work. Morrison’s has been raising money for the Families and Schools Together programme and has now extended the partnership up to January 2014. Money was raised through bake sales, fitness challenges, bucket collections and product donations. Staff also took part in Save the Children’s first Christmas Jumper Day in December 2012 and raised more than £100,000.
MoneyFundraising - May 2013
 
Mobile traffic to Just Giving’s website overtook traffic from desktop devices for the first time during the London Marathon, with donations from mobile devices topping £300,000 on the day. 58 per cent of traffic came from mobile devices and 20 per cent came from Facebook’s mobile apps. Some 1,700 runners signed up for JustTextGiving through which 12,000 text donations were made.
MediaFundraising - May 2013
 
Samaritans has scored a partnership with the Health Insurance Group, which will sponsor all of its running events through 2013. The sponsorship package covers new vests and receptions for runners after key marathons. Samaritans expects runners will raise £250,000. The charity approached the insurers, believing there to be a synergy between them.
HealthFundraising - May 2013
 
Depaul UK has launched a business initiative selling cardboard boxes to home-movers which aims to raise £3m within the next five years. CEO Martin Houghton-Brown said that the “real, visceral and often distressing” association between cardboard boxes and those sleeping rough inspired the scheme. Depaul claims that two packs of boxes can take a young person off the street for one night.
Social IssuesFundraising - May 2013
 
Home owners could save hundreds of pounds thanks to a new online service that sends out a quick and simple tip by email each week. From how to re-wire a plug, prepare your radiators for winter, or clean your jewellery properly, Practicalendar provides free advice and guidance about simple household tasks.
HousingFamilies First - Mar/Apr 2013
 
The UK Government has announced a series of measures to ensure that religious organisations will be able to maintain their doctrinal position on marriage. In December 2012, the Government announced its plans to change the law in England and Wales to allow two people of the same sex to marry. Religious ministers will also be permitted to conduct same-sex marriage ceremonies if their organisation wishes to, with the exception of the Church of England and the Church in Wales.
PoliticsFamilies First - Mar/Apr 2013
 
One in three people are stressed about work, according to research commissioned by Mind earlier this year. The survey of more than 2,000 people found that workplace stress affected more people (34%) than any other factor, including financial worries (30%) or health (17%). The survey discovered that workplace stress resulted in 7% (rising to 10% amongst 18 to 24-year-olds) having suicidal thoughts and one in five people (18%) developing anxiety.
Work/EmploymentInspire - July/August 2013
 
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