Key Quotes for 2018

Key Quotes for 2018

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Last update: Wednesday 18th July
 
Marriage rates have fallen to their lowest ever, prompting calls for the media, Government and schools to support the institution. Official figures for England and Wales show 239,020 weddings between opposite sex couples took place in 2015 – and that the marriage rate was at its lowest since 1862.
FamilyThe Christian Institute - 2nd March 2018
 
Almost all cannabis seized by police is now high-potency ‘skunk’, a new study shows, prompting concern about the “significant hazard” to mental health. The research revealed that 94 per cent of cannabis confiscated by police in five areas of England was skunk – compared to just over half in 2005.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Christian Institute - 2nd March 2018
 
Rubber or plastic bullets should no longer be used for crowd control as they have the “potential to cause severe injuries and death”, health experts have warned. A study, which analysed published evidence on injury, disability and death associated with the use of the bullets in a number of countries including the UK, found 3% died of their injuries, while out of all the injuries reported, nearly three out of four (71%) were severe.
Social IssuesThe Sentinel – 19th December 2017
 
Poor teenagers are being put at a disadvantage by the current university application system, which relies heavily on predicted grades and personal statements, it has been suggested. Bright teenagers from poor backgrounds are more likely to be predicted A-level grades lower than they actually achieve, according to a UCL study. This means that they can end up applying for degree courses with lower entry requirements than they are capable of getting.
EducationThe Sentinel – 19th December 2017
 
The NHS has more than 100,000 vacant posts, Labour has estimated. The full-time equivalent vacancy rate across England’s acute, community and mental health trusts is 9%, Labour’s shadow health secretary said. This is a rise from 8.4% last year, Jonathan Ashworth MP found. Information obtained by the party from 82 NHS trusts found that the average nurse vacancy rate was 12.2%.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel – 19th December 2017
 
Primary schools should put their best teachers in reception class as children taught well in their first year achieve better GCSEs more than a decade later, educational experts have found. A study of 40,000 children in England has shown that an effective start in school boosts development through compulsory education to the age of 16. Researchers measured children’s reading and maths development at four, then at the end of the reception year, at seven, 11 and 16.
EducationThe Sentinel – 15th December 2017
 
The number of criminals caught with knives or offensive weapons has hit its highest level for six years, official figures reveal. They show 5,324 knife possession offences resulted in a caution or sentence in England and Wales in the three months from July. The tally is the highest quarterly figure since the equivalent three-month period of 2011, and includes 3,359 offences of possession of an article with a blade or point, 1,708 of possession of an offensive weapon and 257 of threatening with a knife or offensive weapon.
CrimeThe Sentinel – 15th December 2017
 
A school leaver’s chances of going to university depend heavily on where they live, new figures suggest. London teenagers are around 25% more likely to go into higher education than their peers across England, according to the Ucas data, while the region with the lowest proportion was the South West at 28.9%. On average, a third (33.3%) of 18-year-olds in England went on to study for a degree this autumn.
EducationThe Sentinel – 11th December 2017
 
More motorists are charged with drink-driving in largely rural areas, an investigation suggests. Figures obtained by the Press Association indicate Lincolnshire prosecutes the most per population, followed by North Wales, Warwickshire, Dyfed-Powys and North Yorkshire. The results, based on Freedom of Information requests, prompted calls for better public transport in rural areas and warnings to anyone tempted to drink and drive over the festive period.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Sentinel – 11th December 2017
 
Austria’s Constitutional Court has decided that same-sex couples will be allowed to marry by the beginning of 2019, bringing the country in line with more than a dozen other western European nations.
World IssuesThe Sentinel – 6th December 2017
 
The waiting list for a heart transplant has nearly trebled in a decade, the British Heart Foundation has revealed as it pleads for people listed as donors to discuss their decision with loved ones. NHS Blood and Transplant service figures show the number of people on the waiting list for a new heart in the UK has increased by 162% since 2008.
HealthThe Sentinel – 4th December 2017
 
Drop in teenage pregnancies – 6% have given birth before they were 20 (Office for National Statistics)
Rise in obesity – 1/3 of 3 to 15-year-olds are obese (Public Health England)
Rise in young adults staying at home – 5% increase in 20 to 34-year-olds living with their parents since 1996 (Office for National Statistics)
Young PeoplePremier Youth and Children’s Work – January 2018
 
The number of young people with a part-time job has fallen by a fifth in five years. A freedom of information request to local authorities by the BBC gave 104 different area statistics that revealed the decrease in young people working part time.
Work/EmploymentPremier Youth and Children’s Work – January 2018
 
Tracey Crouch, the minister for sport and civil society, has told Christian charities they needn’t worry about hiding their faith while carrying out services.
Religion/SpiritualityPremier Youth and Children’s Work – January 2018
 
According to the charity Refuge, 1 in 5 women in the UK have been subjected to some form of sexual violence since the age of 16. 1 in 3 teenage girls has been pressured into doing something sexual by a partner and a third of female students in the UK have been subjected to inappropriate touching or groping at university.
CrimeChristianity – January 2018
 
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