News Briefing and Comment

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  • 3 Dec 2014

    Chancellor George Osborne has delivered his Autumn Statement to the House of Commons.

  • 3 Dec 2014

    Despite some truly grim economic statistics, Chancellor George Osborne will attempt to deflect criticism for the failings of austerity economics in his Autumn Statement today, blaming the world economy and the last government.

  • 3 Dec 2014

    Unemployed people in the UK have more monthly disposable income than part-time and zero-hour workers according to a new report out this week.

  • 3 Dec 2014

    The Obama administration has today appealed against a federal judge’s ruling that videotapes showing force-feeding of a Guantanamo prisoner should be released.

  • 3 Dec 2014

    This year Ekklesia has, for the first time, developed an Advent Calendar, in partnership with our colleagues at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church in London – which has a long history of social engagement, as well as work with homeless people and others excluded from the Feast of Life to which Christmas points.

  • 2 Dec 2014

    Asked to review a Citizens’s Advice Bureau (CAB) report on how Universal Credit will affect disabled people, I did not expect to find it encouraging. But what the report reveals was even worse than I feared. You can read the full review on the Think Tank Review website, but here is just a flavour of what Universal Credit will mean for some disabled people.

  • 2 Dec 2014

    Quakers in Britain are responding to the recently escalating cycles of violence and retribution in Palestine and Israel, with a new initiative to support those seeking peace.

  • 2 Dec 2014

    To coincide with publication of the cross-party agreement negotiated by the Smith Commission, Ekklesia has now published its own submission to the Commission, made at the end of October 2014 alongside contributions by around 300 civic organisations and 1,700 individuals.

  • 2 Dec 2014

    The government is collecting £17bn less than forecast in income tax because of the lack of earnings growth in the UK, according to the TUC.

  • 2 Dec 2014

    Back in January 2013, Ekklesia made a short submission to the Land Reform Review Group (LRRG) set up by the Scottish government to consider one of the most important issues of social and economic justice in the country -- one where there has been persistent avoidance of core questions for many years.

  • 2 Dec 2014

    In Africa, where up to 40 per cent of the health care facilities are provided by faith related organisations, Dr Mirfin Mpundu, executive director of the Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network (EPN), says that due to their unique position, churches can play a special role in eliminating HIV and AIDS and bringing improvements in the lives of people living with the virus.

  • 2 Dec 2014

    The World Council of Churches wants all countries to take special measures to protect and support refugees and displaced people from the Middle East.

  • 2 Dec 2014

    Yeb Sano, the young Filipino diplomat who wept and fasted for two weeks after super-typhoon Haiyan devastated his country, has been excluded from UN Climate Talks.

  • 1 Dec 2014

    World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.

  • 1 Dec 2014

    Karen Armstrong, whose new book Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence invites far more subtle understanding of the relationship between faith and fratricide globally, has written a characteristically thoughtful piece on IS/ISIS for The New Statesman magazine: 'Wahhabism to ISIS: how Saudi Arabia exported the main source of global terrorism'.