Community and Family

  • 7 Jul 2011

    The level of public anger and distress over the hacking of Milly Dowler's phone and the allegations that bereaved service families may also have been intruded upon in this manner, may just have brought about what Peter Walker, the former Deputy Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police, speaking on Radio 5 yesterday (6 July 2011), called a “step change”. He also called for questions as to how we “have collectively allowed [the situation] to develop”.

  • 5 Jul 2011

    Government ministers may have seen analysis showing proposed changes to welfare benefits could make 40,000 families homeless.

  • 30 Jun 2011

    Local government councillors are worried they will be unable to cope with the strain on public services caused by cuts to housing benefit.

  • 24 Jun 2011
  • 24 Jun 2011

    The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Britain has responded to the Government Consultation on civil partnerships on religious premises.

  • 22 Jun 2011

    Christian churches in Latvia have criticised a new social science school textbook that describes gay and lesbian life as a "normal aspect of sexuality."

  • 20 Jun 2011

    Newspapers have reported that the UK government is to publish a ‘Big Society’ bill, supposedly giving citizens more choice and control. In practice, this may involve offloading further responsibilities on to individuals, families and communities, forcing them to put in extra time and money or go without much-needed services.

  • 15 Jun 2011

    Religious leaders and representatives of faith-based organisations are giving high marks to the latest United Nations AIDS meeting.

  • 14 Jun 2011

    Disabled people in Britain are facing increasing hostility, a survey revealed in May 2011. The poll was carried out by ComRes for the charity Scope. 56 per cent of the disabled people surveyed said they had experienced hostility, aggression or violence from a stranger because of their condition or impairment, and 58 per cent thought others did not believe that they were disabled. 37 per cent said people’s attitudes towards them have got worse over the past year, while just 15 per cent felt that attitudes had improved.

  • 13 Jun 2011

    Britain's largest union says that the Future Forum’s report into the NHS Health and Social Care Bill shows a set of proposals beyond repair.