Community and Family

  • 9 Jun 2014

    The use of food banks in the UK rose dramatically in 2013/14, a report published on 9 June revealed. A gripping documentary shown on the same day focused on the experience of children living on or below the breadline.

  • 9 Jun 2014

    The Accord Coalition has described findings offered by Ofsted into a group of Birmingham community schools accused of furthering an Islamist agenda as "the disaster-waiting-to-happen."

  • 3 Jun 2014

    In politics it is more constructive to focus on policies and ideas than on individuals, says Bernadette Meaden. She suggests, however, that a politician may become so wedded to a policy that their personal reputation and the credibility of the policy become inextricably linked. She argues that this is now the case with Iain Duncan Smith.

  • 21 May 2014

    On the eve of the European elections, patriotism – or at least politicians' appropriation of that condition – is much in the air. I shall refrain from any temptation to refer to scoundrelly tendencies and consider instead, the gentler, and what I believe to be the more fruitful concept of a 'sense of place.'

  • 21 May 2014

    The Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church and Church Action on Poverty have produced a resource for churches about food poverty.

  • 19 May 2014

    As the Church of Scotland once again considers its differences over LGBT ministers, Alexander O'Hare says that we need to ask ourselves what the purpose of inclusivity is about. Is it about keeping everyone in the one Church, or is about living the Kingdom? If the latter, and some within the Church are unwilling or unable to do so with us, then we need to bid farewell. There is no point in unity at all costs, and certainly not at the cost of seeking to live justly in a biblical sense.

  • 14 May 2014

    The UK’s poor track record of social mobility means that people’s life chances are too dependent on their parents’ income, says a new report from thr TUC

  • 26 Apr 2014

    Responding to the recent Trussell Trust report on food bank use and hunger, a leading children's charity says urgent action is needed.

  • 21 Apr 2014

    A former close associate of Indian prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has reportedly urged that Muslims be forced out of ‘Hindu areas’. This follows other threats by leaders of the far-right Bharati Janata Party (BJP), intensifying fears about what might happen if he wins power.

  • 18 Apr 2014

    A senior Church of Scotland figure has reiterated the need to tackle causes of hunger in Britain, as foodbank use continues to increase.