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Volunteers gave 7% less of their time to help their communities in the UK

Volunteers gave 7% less of their time to help their communities, at a loss to the UK of more than £1 billion, between 2012 and 2015, the latest figures from the ONS show. In fact, there has been a general decline in the time that the UK’s unsung heroes and heroines spend volunteering since 2005, according to ONS […]

New Forest sees a decrease in suicides

Deaths from suicide in the UK rose slightly from 6,122 deaths in 2014 to 6,188 deaths in 2015 with a subsequent increase in the rate from 10.8 to 10.9 deaths per 100,000 population according to the latest release from the ONS. UK male suicide rate decreases whilst female rate increases to its highest rate in […]

Halloween spending stays steady in the UK

You may feel as though Halloween has a much higher profile these days than in the past, and there is evidence from Mintel and Conlumino (retail analysts) that sales of Halloween products have increased substantially. But data from the ONS retail sales bulletin shows that the percentage of annual retail spending taking place in October has stayed […]

How has the UK student population changed?

September is the time in youth work where we say “hello” to new young people and goodbye to older young people who are making their way into employment or off to university. The ONS has produced some very interesting data about student population in the UK. Student numbers have almost doubled since 1992 Download the […]

Teenage pregnancy rate halved in Hampshire

Teenage pregnancy rates across Hampshire have more than halved over the last 16 years according to figures from the Office of National Statistics, thanks to a sustained and successful multi-agency focus. Councillor Keith Mans, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services, said: “This is really good news and shows that the County Council’s […]

Why religious people are happier

Reports that the latest Office for National Statistics survey seems to confirm what similar ones have already shown: religious people are happier.   Over four years, religious people scored their life satisfaction at 7.53 out of 10 and their happiness at 7.38. People with no religion scored their happiness at only 7.22. Compared with other faiths, […]

Christmas dinner was £5 cheaper in 2015

The average cost of Christmas dinner has fallen by nearly £5 since 2014 meat, vegetable and drinks prices lower the cost of the festive set-piece, official figures have shown. Based on the Office for National Statistics’ inflation data for 20 individual “Christmas” items, the cost of the meal – albeit substituting turkey steaks for a […]