Society 69% of Brits believe that the UK has got angrier since the EU referendum in June 2016. One person in every six say that they have fallen out with family and friends over Europe and Brexit. Source: Edelman.
Austerity measures have hit cities twice as hard as other parts of the UK. Glasgow is among the 10 worst hit areas due to cuts in local government spending. Source: Centre for Cities.
Around 12,000 people in the UK sleep in cars, buses, trains or tents each night. Source: Crisis.
Lifting refuse boxes and recycling containers is damaging the health of binmen. A four-year study found that such lifting leads to lower back, shoulder, neck and upper spine complaints. Source: Glasgow Caledonian University.
In 2018, there were 1,290 fly-tipping incidents in the UK and it cost £200,000 to clear the waste. The worst area in Scotland was Livingston, with cleaning costs amounting to £14,000. Source: Woodland Trust.
Last year, the average life satisfaction, worthwhile, happiness and anxiety ratings showed no overall change in the UK. However, a larger proportion of people in Wales reported ‘poor’ personal well-being ratings across all measures. Source: Office for National Statistics.
Police in England and Wales recorded over 9,000 child sexual offences with an online element in the year ended September 2018. These offences made up 16% of the total number of recorded child sexual offences for that year. Source: NSPCC.
The product or service that most Brits resent paying for is the TV licence. Source: Zopa.
Economy Last year, Stephen Rubin – owner of JD Sports – paid the most UK tax. He paid £181.6m. Source: Sunday Times Tax List.
Bingo in the UK generates more than £1bn each year. The industry is worth more to the UK than Spotify and Netflix's combined turnover of £750m. Scots visit bingo halls more often than players in any other region of the UK, with an average 3.6 visits each month. Source: Midia.
Supermarket Morrisons is increasing the price of plastic bags from 10p to 15p, and is also introducing a 20p paper bag as part of a trial. Source: Morrisons.
The craft beer industry is continuing to boom, with 400 new breweries opened in the UK each year. Source: UHY Hacker Young.
Education Teachers spend an average of six hours each week responding to emails from parents. Source: Teacher Tapp.
The National Union of Students has confirmed that it has cut 54 jobs due to financial difficulties. In 2017, the union was believed to be facing bankruptcy, having made a loss of £3.6m. Source: NUS.
Science Chickens have been genetically modified so that they lay eggs which contain drugs for some cancers and arthritis. This process is 100 times cheaper than manufacturing the drugs in factories. Source: Roslin Technologies.
NASA’s Opportunity rover celebrated 15 years on Mars this week, by ‘staying as dead as a doornail’. Its hardware was only expected to last 90 days. Source: NASA.
Researchers expect to record a big rise in atmospheric CO2 this year. Since records began in 1958, an observatory in Hawaii has seen a 30% increase in the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere due to emissions of fossil fuels and deforestation. Source: Met Office.
Germany has pledged to stop using coal for energy by 2038 (it currently gets more than a third of its energy from burning coal). Source: Coal Commission.
A study of sheep has found that a risk of heart disease can start in the womb. If a mother has chronic hypoxia when pregnant, her offspring shows symptoms of stiffer blood vessels and high blood pressure. Source: Cambridge University.
Health The leading causes of death in Scotland in 2017 were Ichaemic heart disease (11.6%), Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease (11.3%), lung cancer (7%), Cerebrovascular disease, including stroke (6.8%), and chronic lower respiratory diseases, including bronchitis and emphysema (6%). Source: National Records of Scotland.
NHS England are planning to employ 1,000 'social prescribers' by 2020/21. They will be trained to prescribe social activities like exercise groups and art classes to GP patients who don’t need pills. It is hoped that they will handle 900,000 patient appointments each year. Source: BBC.
Recreation It is feared that Burns Cottage in Alloway, which was built in 1757, will become damaged beyond repair. Its thatched roof is rotting and there are cracks in the walls and gables. The National Trust for Scotland are trying to raise £100,000 for the repairs. Source: National Trust for Scotland.
If the increase in cycling in London was matched in Edinburgh, more than 4,000 people would avoid life-threatening health conditions. Source: Sustrans Scotland.
David Tennant is the British public’s favourite ‘Doctor Who’ actor. He is followed by Christopher Eccleston, Tom Baker, Jon Pertwee and Peter Davison. The least favourite is Sylvester McCoy. Source: YouGov.
Oddities A poll has found that 40% of Brits want underfloor heating in their homes. Source: Big Energy Saving Week.