Key Quotes for 2020

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Last update: Wednesday 25th March
 
The NHS's cancer waiting time performance across all the national targets has dropped to its lowest rate since records began, according to public data.
HealthThen Sentinel, 9th December
 
Some parts of the evangelical world in England are growing quite quickly. Between 2005 and 2010 the number of mainstream evangelical churchgoers grew by over 100,000 new people per annum to reach 650,000, half of all the 1.3 million evangelicals in 2010.
ChurchEvangelicals Now, January 2020
 
Disadvantaged secondary school students across the UK have recorded slightly lower GCSE scores since tough new reforms were introduced in 2015, new data suggests.
EducationThen Sentinel, 6th December
 
The number of Christians facing extreme or high persecution has risen sharply in the past year, as the use of new digital methods to monitor worshippers has increased. The latest World Wide Watch List, compiled by the charity Open Doors, shows a six percent increase in the number of Christians persecuted for their faith.
Religious PersecutionChurch Times, 17th January
 
More than half of 17-year-olds have gambled in the past year, a new study says. Regular weekly gamblers are more likely to be male, with habits and patterns of play developed by 20.
Young PeopleThen Sentinel, 5th December
 
One third of women and girls around the world will suffer physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, a new report from the mission agency Gospel for Asia (GFA) states.
CrimeChurch Times, 29th November 2019
 
Single parents are being "unfairly blocked" in their careers by barriers including childcare costs and working in low-paid jobs, according to a new report. Research by the Gingerbread charity suggested that half of children in single parent families live in poverty.
FamilyThe Sentinel, 4th November 2019
 
More than half the 2755 UK adults surveyed by the Children's Society had never heard of a Christingle service, or did not know what it was. But almost 90 percent agreed or strongly agreed that helping people in difficulty during the Christmas period was important.
ChurchChurch Times, 29th November 2019
 
Seven in 10 (72 percent) want councils to take action against motorists who leave their engines running when parked, an RAC survey suggests. Some 44 percent of those in favour of a crackdown say officials should tell people to switch off their engines and fine them if they refuse.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel, 7th October 2019
 
An app developed by a Christian entrepreneur is taking aim at the familiar problem of foodbanks having years' worth of tinned tomatoes, but no fresh fruit. The app, Bankuet, works by having foodbanks specify the food items they actually need. Those who want to donate to the hungry, but may not have the time or knowledge, can then log into the app and virtually buy the items listed by the foodbank in their area.
Social IssuesChurch Times, 15th November 2019
 
Disability hate crime involving violence has risen by 41% in a year, figures suggest. Data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by charity Leonard Cheshire also showed the number of offences with an online element went up 71%.
CrimeThe Sentinel, 9th October 2019
 
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