Society The number of home repossessions fell in 2018 to the lowest level since 1980 – down to 4,580 homes. Mortgage arrears also declined. Source: UK Finance.
The worst public sector organisations in Scotland for bullying and harrassment are NHS health boards. Source: Standards Commission for Scotland.
Scots should prepare for milder, wetter winters and hotter, drier summers, along with frequent extreme weather throughout the year. Source: Scottish Government.
In the year up to March 2018, around two million adults in England and Wales, aged from 16-59 years old, had experienced some form of domestic abuse. A third of those affected were men, and 20% of teenagers are thought to have been physically abused by their girlfriend or boyfriend at some stage. Source: Crime Survey for England and Wales.
One in six men in the UK will experience domestic abuse at some point in their lives, but only one in 20 will ever seek help. Source: BBC.
The amount of cow’s milk people in the UK are consuming has fallen by around three litres per person each year, over the past three years. However, the volume of milk consumed has remained static due to population growth. Source: Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board.
30% of Brits don’t have time before work in the morning for a shower or cup of coffee, while 37% skip breakfast. Source: 247 Blinds.
Economy 93.68% of self assessment tax returns were completed by the deadline of 31 January 2019 – a new record. While 10,833,177 returns were received, 731,186 taxpayers missed the deadline. Source: HMRC.
House prices in the UK have risen by just 0.2% – an average of £714 – in the past year. The average price of a house in the UK is currently £300,715. Source: Rightmove.
Scottish whisky exports increased by 7.8% last year to £4.7bn. The biggest market was the US, which was responsible for £1.04bn of exports. Source: HMRC.
UK regional airline Flybmi has gone into administration. The company blame Brexit uncertainty and rises in fuel and carbon costs for its collapse. Source: Flybmi.
The salary gap between private and public sector jobs will widen further this year. Private sector wages will rise from 2% to 2.5%, but public sector wages will fall from 2% to 1.1%. Source: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
The AA's annual profits will be £340m – as previously forecasted. Membership of its roadside assistance services, however, fell by 2%. Source: AA.
TUI blame last year's heatwave for its £73.3m loss in the last quarter of 2018. Source: TUI.
Education The average cost of a part-time nursery place for a child under the age of two last year was £122 each week – an increase of 7% on the previous year. Source: Family and Childcare Trust.
Science A fossil deposit found in Gabon suggests that the first signs of movement on Earth were made by a slug-like creature some 2.1bn years ago. This suggests that multi-cellular life was present 1.5bn years earlier than previously thought. Source: University of Poitiers.
More than 10% of the UK is wooded. Source: BBC.
Machine-learning methods used by scientists to analyse data are poviding results that are inaccurate and often completely wrong. Results are often misleading because the software used looks for trends that exist only in the data set and not in the real world. Source: Rice University.
The world’s most trafficked mammal is the pangolin. They are being driven to extinction by illegal hunting for their scales and meat. Source: BBC.
Health Drinking two or more diet drinks each day increases the risk of stroke, heart disease and an early death. Source: Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
The brain function of early risers and late risers is different during the working day. Night owls were found to have poorer attention, slower reactions and increased sleepiness – suggesting that the constraints of the typical working day puts them at a disadvantage. Source: University of Birmingham.
In the week ending 3 February 2019, 102 patients had to wait more than 12 hours before being seen in A&E departments across Scotland. Source: NHS Scotland.
At least 300 people died in Scotland last year while waiting to be discharged from hospital. More than a third of deaths were in NHS Lothian. Source: Scottish Labour.
Women who take the contraceptive pill are 10% less likely to correctly interpret people’s facial expressions. Although tests revealed only subtle changes, blurred emotional judgement could have an effect on the personal relationships of those involved. Source: University of Greifswald.
Recreation 50% of Brits don’t offer a tradesperson a cup of tea or let them use the toilet while working in their home. Source: Wickes.
Oddities 40% of the public believe that accents are in decline and can’t tell where one comes from. Some 72% are unable to differentiate between accents from Inverness and Glasgow, or Edinburgh and Aberdeen, but 80% agree that our accents become stronger when we return home. Source: Fly Research.