Welfare campaigners are continuing their push to reach 100,000 signatures on an e-government petition which calls for a cumulative impact assessment of welfare reform in the UK, and a 'new deal' for sick and disabled people based on their needs, abilities and ambitions.
This week (20 January 2013) the thinktank Demos (“ideas and action to promote the common good”) has published its report Faithful Providers, which argues that faith-based organisations should be used more as public service providers. Simon Barrow offers an initial response, highlighting some of the problematic assumptions and stances within the report, setting out the background to successive government's interest in co-opting faith providers, and pointing towards a more radical Christian stance which roots service in a tradition of modelling and advocating a different social order based on justice and equality.
Following the success of our last 'porridge stall' here in Edinburgh, we have chosen to support the local charity Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland (CPAG) with another one from 8am to 12pm at St John's Church, on the corner of Princes Street and Lothian Road, on Friday 25 January 2012.
When those in power disregard human rights and undermine the rule of law, the results can be horrific, observes Savitri Hensman, commenting on recent developments in Sri Lanka. It is to be hoped that, today, non-violent means of resistance will be used, as Sri Lankans and those who care about Sri Lanka seek to defend democracy and civil liberties.