Press Roundup Wednesday 23 June 2010

By Press Office
June 23, 2010

A selection of stories from today's press and other media that relate to Ekklesia's work, produced daily by James Vincent and covering papers such as The Times, Daily Telegraph, Independent, Guardian, and the tabloids.

Economy & Politics

George Osborne takes the axe to benefits
George Osborne took his axe to benefits with a vengeance yesterday to stamp out Britain’s something-for-nothing welfare culture.

Banks levy will raise £2bn a year
Britain's banks will be hit with a multi-million pound levy in the wake of the taxpayer-funded bailout, George Osborne signalled yesterday.

Budget 2010 losers: women, disabled and families bear the brunt
Worth on average £70 a week, the costs of DLA to the taxpayer have quadrupled to £11bn a year.

Comment: It is the poor who will contribute the most to repairing our finances
If people think Mr Osborne is not being honest about who will bear the brunt of his plans, he will lose support.

Comment: Rooted in deficit-slashing superstition, this budget will hit the poor hardest
The fairness Osborne trumpets is skin deep. No wonder the Tories were cheering – but Lib Dem MPs should be trembling.

Community & Family

Families and disabled people will be hit by 'Thatcherite' cuts
Severely disabled people will be worse off by £500 a year under "nasty" Thatcherite cuts to benefits, the shadow work and pensions secretary, Yvette Cooper, warned.

Fears over children joining gangs
Children as young as nine are joining gangs despite knowing it is likely to kill them, a report warns today.

Comment: A bit of austerity will do our children good
Parents may suffer in hard times but youngsters can learn about self-reliance and freedom.

Comment: Men are being shut out of shared parenting at an early stage
Excluding fathers from the antenatal scanning room shows just how far we still have to go for true equality in parenting.

Religion & Society

Jesus will return by 2050, say 40pc of Americans
More than 40 per cent of Americans believe Jesus Christ will return to Earth by 2050, according to a poll.

ITV will broadcast just one hour of religious programming this year
ITV will broadcast just one hour of religious programming this year while Five will not show any, the channels have admitted to the Church of England.

Comment: An Orthodox-Roman rapprochement
Pope Benedict's recent visit to Cyprus embodies the growing warmth between the churches, after centuries of poor relations.

Comment: Zakir Naik's incendiary words
Freedom of speech includes freedom to offend – but when a preacher's words incite violence, there has to be some sanction.

Globalisation & Development

Amnesty International accuses the West of ignoring Libya abuses
Britain and the West are accused today of ignoring Libya’s human rights abuses in their eagerness to cash in on its oil wealth, combat Islamic terrorism and curtail illegal migration.

Comment: The best ways to deliver overseas aid are often not easy to measure
David Cameron's plans risk diverting help away from where it's really needed.

Peace & War

Ehud Barak criticises plans to demolish Palestinian homes
Israel's defence minister has criticised plans to demolish 22 Palestinian homes to make way for an archaeological park and tourist centre in East Jerusalem.

Comment: Afghan peace process offers little hope for women
Sacrificing women's rights to secure peace will leave us back where we were 10 years ago.

Crime & Justice

'Rehabilitation revolution' planned
Private companies and not-for-profit organisations who help offenders escape a life of crime will be rewarded with cash under new Government proposals.

Ecology & Environment

Hydropower schemes surge in decade, Environment Agency figures show
The number of small-scale hydropower schemes to generate energy from rivers in England and Wales has surged in the last decade, figures from the Environment Agency showed today.

Education & Culture

Cuts ‘threaten health and education of generations’
Generations of Scottish children could be consigned to poverty, ill-health and poor education if funding for early years is slashed, according to the country’s young people’s champion.

People & Power

Queen's spending under scrutiny as Royal Household books opened
The Queen’s spending will be subjected to greater public scrutiny than ever before after the Chancellor announced the Royal Household would have to open its books to the National Audit Office.

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