One in five children in Scotland live in families classified as having limited resources and experience 'material deprivation.' The worst affected area is Glasgow, where 41% live in families with limited resources. Source: Scottish Government. 264,000 women aged 16-24 in the UK are classed as economically inactive and receive no support to find work. Source: Young Women's Trust. Litter on Britain's beaches has increased by 10% in the last year. Source: Marine Conservation Society. Life expectancy in the UK has been revised down, partly because of a growing resistance to antibiotics. A baby girl born in 2016 can expect to live 82.9 years compared with the previous projection of 83.7 years. A baby boy can expect to live 79.2 years instead of 79.9 years. Source: Office for National Statistics. Rough sleeping has more than doubled in England since 2010. Source: Department for Communities and Local Government. One in 69 people in Brighton is homeless. Source: Shelter. Net long-term migration to the UK fell by 106,000 to 230,000 in the year to June 2017 – the largest annual decrease since 1964. Source: Office for National Statistics. Victoria has become the first Australian state to legalise voluntary assisted dying. It will become legal in 2019. Source: Australian Government. There are 55,000 free-to-use ATM machines in the UK. Source: LINK. 94% of UK adults use cash machines, with more than half using them at least once a week. Source: Bank of England. The majority of 12-15 years olds check whether a social media news story is fake. Source: Ofcom. In 2009 40% of food packaging had two separate date labels – 'display until' and either 'use before' or 'best before.' This fell to less than 3% in 2015. Source: Wrap UK. Customers in the north of Scotland are paying up to 50% more for parcel deliveries than the rest of Scotland. Source: Citizens Advice Scotland. While at college, men often have unwanted sex 'to avoid awkward interactions and seeming unmanly.' Source: New York University. More than £50m worth of unlicensed and counterfeit versions of Viagra have been seized in the past five years. Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
In East Renfrewshire and Dumfries and Galloway, 30% of workers are paid less than the living wage of £8.75 an hour. In Edinburgh and East Renfrewshire, house prices are eight times average salaries. Source: UK Social Mobility Commission. The number of apprenticeships started in the summer of 2017 was 48,000 compared with 117,000 the summer before. Source: UK Treasury. Fraudulent claims to the Department of Work and Pensions amounted to £2.1bn last year. Source: DWP. In the public sector, men working part time earn 22.3% more than women. Source: Office for National Statistics. It could cost £17bn to close down Britain's North Sea oil rigs over the next eight years. Source: Oil and Gas UK. The nuclear power industry contributed £1bn to Scotland's economy last year. Source: Oxford Economics. The value of the bitcoin has passed $10,000 (£7,493) for the first time. Source: World Coin Index. UK residents are paying higher property taxes than anywhere else in the developed world. Source: OECD. 41% of people who play the lottery at least once a week would continue to play even if they won the jackpot. Source: YouGov.
Only 10.2% of pupils from the poorest areas of Stirling enter higher education. Source: UK Social Mobility Commission. 67% of millennials who went to university believe they didn't benefit from their studies and 35% wish they hadn't gone to university at all. Source: Able Skills. Language graduates are now the least employable university graduates in Britain with an employment rate of 84% compared with 95% for medical graduates. Source: Office for National Statistics. Only 18% of UK students are interested in studying overseas – due to money worries, lack of foreign language skills and reluctance to leave family and friends. Source: British Council.
Climate change is causing migratory birds to arrive in the UK earlier each spring and leave later each autumn. Source: UK Birds 2017 report. A scientific study of the cerebral cortex (little grey cells associated with thinking and planning) shows that cats have only half the cortical neurons of the average golden retriever: in other words, dogs are smarter. Source: Vanderbilt University. The world's most commonly used insecticide causes migrating songbirds to lose their sense of direction and suffer dramatic weight loss. Source: University of Saskatchewan. The tomb believed to hold Jesus Christ (in Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem), is thought to date back nearly 1,700 years. Source: National Technical University of Athens. The most likely explanation for the discovery of extraterrestrial bacteria on the International Space Station is human contamination. Source: New Scientist. Strange new magnets called Antiferromagnets could make our computers operate 1,000 times faster. Source: University of Nottingham. Radiation around small stars, such as red and white dwarves, may not rule out life in nearby planets if they have a shield of smog and/or oceans. Source: NASA.
Glasgow recorded 1,389 deaths per 100,000 people last year, compared with a national average of 982, giving Glasgow the highest mortality rate in the UK. Blackpool has the highest mortality rate in England. Source: Office for National Statistics. Children who grow up in mild climates are more likely to be agreeable, conscientious, and emotionally stable than those from less clement environments. Source: Nature Human Behaviour journal. In 2016, the number of people newly diagnosed with HIV in Europe reached its highest level since records began – 160,000 people. Source: World Health Organisation. 8.5% of adults worldwide have diabetes. Source: World Health Organisation. Women are twice as likely to suffer from asthma as men because testosterone, the primary male sex hormone, curbs the activities of a cell in the immune system that is thought to cause asthma's symptoms. Source: Vanderbilt University Medical Centre. The UK has some of the highest levels of obesity in Europe. Source: European Heart Journal. A quarter of nurses are obese in the UK. Among nurses aged 45-plus, over half are obese. Source: London South Bank University/ Edinburgh Napier University. Home aids and adaptations can reduce depression in elderly people by 53%. Source: Centre for Ageing Better. 96.7% of women in England with breast cancer survive for at least a year after diagnosis, compared with 92.8% in 2000. Source: Office for National Statistics. Prematurely grey and balding men are at greater risk of early heart disease. Source: UN Institute of Cardiology.
One in five bosses don't have fun at the office Christmas party beause they feel responsible. Source: Institute of Leadership and Management. Millions of Brits have never been to the opera – reasons given include that it's too posh, lasts too long and they aren't sure when to clap. Source: Classic FM.
The most popular queries on the Yahoo search engine by British subscribers are: 1. How do I make slime?; 2. How old is Debbie McGee?; 3. What is a hung parliament? Source: Yahoo. Women 7,000 years ago had stronger arms than Cambridge University female rowers now. Life would have involved long hours tilling the soil and harvesting crops by hand. Source: University of Cambridge. Genetic analysis of nine samples allegedly taken from the Yeti indicates that they belonged to Himalayan bears. One exception was a tooth which was from a dog. Source: University of Buffalo.