In the news: Planes, homelessness, and health inequality

Date: 18/08/2017 Written by: Rosie 3 minutes to read.
News review

The number of arrests for drunk plane passengers has risen by 50%, it has been warned that the number of homeless people could double by 2041, the health inequality gap continues to grow and a study has suggested that 80% of GPs are 'unfamiliar' with exercise guidelines. Below, we have given an overview of the news stories that have caught our eye over the past couple of weeks to save you the time of looking!

Drunk air passenger arrests up 50%

Arrests have risen by 50% in a year for passengers suspected of being drunk on UK flights. The findings came after an episode of BBC's Panorama revealed 387 arrests had been made between February 2016 and February 2017. Of the 4000 cabin crew interviewed for the programme, one in five revealed they had suffered physical abuse from intoxicated flyers. It is believed that more passengers are purchasing alcohol from duty free shops before flying and drinking it on the plane - something which is prohibited. The House of Lords committee report earlier this year called for tougher rules on the sale of alcohol at airports.

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Charity warns Number of homeless in Britain could double by 2041

The charity Crisis has said that it expects the number of homeless people living on the streets of Britain to double in the next 20 years unless the government takes action to eradicate the problem. The current number of homeless in the UK stands at 236,000 (as of 2016), which the charity expects to rise to 575,000 by the year 2041. The Department for Communities and Local Government has announced plans to invest £550m within the next three years to address the issue. Crisis predicts that an increase in affordable housing by 60% could reduce levels of homelessness by 19% by 2036.

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Data suggests Health inequality gap ‘is still growing’ in England

The Department of Health has released figures showing the health gap between the rich and the poor is growing in England. The report has shown men living in the most deprived regions of England have a life expectancy 9.1 years less than those living in the wealthiest areas, whereas for poorer women the gap has shown to have grown from 6.8 years to 7.1 years difference. This report has come hot on the heels of the report last week by the University of Manchester revealing those in the north of England have a 20% chance of dying prematurely than those in the south.

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Insurers say Countryside crime cost £39m in 2016

Rural crime has cost the UK £39 million in 2016, reports suggest. Although down from £41million in 2015, countryside related crime has been on the rise overall since 2010, leaving farmers to feel like they are 'under siege'. The crimes have included theft of vehicles such as quad bikes and Landrovers, theft of life stock and theft of farming tools. Eleven English counties have filed over £1 million in crime claims with Lincolnshire being the highest county claiming £2.5 million in the past year.

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Study suggests 80% of GPs in England 'unfamiliar' with exercise guidelines

The majority of doctors in England are unfamiliar with recommended levels of physical activity, with 80% admitting they are unfamiliar with the national guidelines according to a study. Public Health England, who carried out the research collected the data from 1,013 doctors. It is recommended that adults aged between 19 and 64 undertake 75 minutes of intense activity or 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week. in 2016 it was revealed that a quarter of English citizens were getting less than half an hour per week.

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