Economy and Politics

  • 29 Jun 2012

    There is an urgent need to move away from the dollar as the world's reserve currency in light of global financial meltdown, says the 2012 Global Ethics Forum.

  • 29 Jun 2012

    The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, argued in his recent Magna Carta lecture against the idea of a fully elected second chamber at Westminster. As the debate about Lords reform continues, political theologian Graeme Smith seeks to show why the Archbishop is wrong to put his faith in an oligarchic form of democracy rather than one based on full electoral accountability.

  • 29 Jun 2012

    Ten charities have signed a joint letter to the Prime Minister in response to proposals to cut housing benefit for under 25s.

  • 28 Jun 2012

    New legislation is needed to ensure that England's public woods and forests are safe from future attempts at a Government sell off.

  • 28 Jun 2012

    “Money pads the edges of things” says Helen Schlegel, a character in EM Forster's Howards End. And where there is no padding, those edges can be very sharp indeed.

  • 26 Jun 2012

    The housing and homelessness charity Shelter has condemned Government proposals to remove housing benefit for under 25s.

  • 26 Jun 2012

    In a speech urging further cuts to welfare, UK Prime Minister David Cameron once again tried to win support by making out that those receiving benefits have too easy a time. He claimed that, of those receiving Disability Living Allowance, “incredibly, half of new claimants never had to provide medical evidence”. This is indeed incredible, in the sense that it should not be believed.

  • 25 Jun 2012

    Unlock Democracy has written to all Conservative MPs to ask them to support their party's manifesto commitments and back the House of Lords Reform Bill.

  • 25 Jun 2012

    At times the government’s approach to the poor and disadvantaged seems baffling, their reasoning tortured. Take child poverty for instance: recently Ian Duncan Smith and his supporters in the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) declared that child poverty was not a matter of low parental incomes. They blurred the distinction between poverty, which is undeniably a lack of money, and child neglect, which is another matter entirely.

  • 25 Jun 2012

    Housing benefit may be scrapped for numerous adults under 25, UK Prime Minister David Cameron informed the Mail on Sunday. Other welfare claimants too will be targeted in further harsh reforms. While the policy is clearly intended to win support from ‘middle England’, it may backfire as increasing numbers find themselves on the receiving end.