Community and Family

  • 14 Apr 2011

    The closing gathering of Scotland’s first Poverty Truth Commission will take place in Glasgow City Chambers on Saturday 16 April.

  • 14 Apr 2011

    Public and private spaces impose differing obligations. That statement might seem so obvious as to be otiose. But many people seem to be unaware that the sharing of space necessitates the exercise of a restraint which manifests and nourishes the mutuality without which any concept of society - big or otherwise - is impoverished.

  • 14 Apr 2011

    Despite substantial, detailed criticism and concern from the medical profession, health planners and the public over his Health & Social Care Bill, Secretary of State Andrew Lansley has shown few signs so far that a genuine rethink will emerge from the government's "listening exercise".

  • 13 Apr 2011

    Government health secretary Andrew Lansley's handling of NHS reforms in England has prompted a 98.7% 'no confidence' vote from nurses.

  • 13 Apr 2011

    Churches in the USA have collaborated in the production of a major NBC television documentary ahead of World Malaria Day on 25 April 2011.

  • 12 Apr 2011

    Methodist Council has heard that while the Government speaks of a 'Big Society', the poorest in society are losing out most from public spending cuts.

  • 10 Apr 2011

    Housing and homelessness campaigners in London have strongly criticised new proposals to turn squatting into a criminal act.

  • 9 Apr 2011

    Plaid Cymru (the Party of Wales) has hit out at the Conservative Party's unwillingness to support free bus travel for disabled people.

  • 8 Apr 2011

    Yesterday (7 April 2011) Westminster City Council ignored the opposition and pressed ahead with plans for a by-law which will outlaw rough sleeping and mobile food distribution (i.e. soup runs) in a designated area around the Victoria station in London. Final decisions await a full Council meeting in May.

  • 8 Apr 2011

    Though much of the media focus on the issues of asylum seekers and refugees (as well as migration more generally) is filtered through a prism of fear and the instinct to exclude, the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) - whose 8-10 April 2011 annual delegate conference I am attending - continues to work hard for fair reporting and justice.