Economy and Politics

  • 17 Jan 2012

    The government claims that its determined attempts to cut the living standards of the poor are necessary to cut public spending. Many have pointed out that the Welfare Reform Bill and other changes have immediate and long-term costs attached, so will not save nearly as much as is claimed. The rationale for harsh new measures looks even flimsier since it has emerged that the government is shelling out public money to take paid work away from the poor.

  • 17 Jan 2012

    Shadow chancellor Ed Balls has effectively "given up any attempt to set out an alternative economic agenda", Green Party leader Caroline Lucas says.

  • 16 Jan 2012

    As EU negotiations recommence in Greece, debt campaigners have condemned speculators for 'gambling with the lives of Greece's people'

  • 16 Jan 2012

    In preparation for the House of Lords debate on the Welfare Reform Bill (WRB) tomorrow, where Disability Living Allowance (DLA) will be in the spotlight, the #spartacusreport campaign (http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/spartacusreport) has launched a fresh initiative - #spartacusstories, which gives people the opportunity through Twitter, blogs and other social media to tell their own stories of why DLA is important to them and the realities of living and surviving as a sick or disabled person.

  • 16 Jan 2012

    With the government still apparently willing to make sick, disabled and vulnerable people pay for a financial slump brought about by greed, de-regulation and speculation, the press-mediated propaganda assault has begun ahead of the next House of Lords debate on welfare reform (17 January).

  • 16 Jan 2012

    This week the Welfare Reform Bill returns to the House of Lords, following three damaging defeats for the government last week. Disability Living Allowance, the subject of the #spartacusreport, will come into the spotlight. But so will assessment - not least the Work Capability Assessment (WCA), which is being used in relation to Employment Support Allowance (ESA). It is the process by which people in receipt of the allowance are formally tested to see if they are "fit for work".

  • 16 Jan 2012

    As the Welfare Reform Bill returns to the Lords, the Lib Dems' deputy leader warns that benefits cap will "damage the lives of hundreds of thousands of children."

  • 15 Jan 2012

    Christians who support the Occupy movement have pledged to form a ring of prayer around the camp outside St Paul's Cathedral if it is threatened with eviction.

  • 15 Jan 2012

    It has been a momentous twelve months in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and in relation to developments popularly dubbed the 'Arab Spring' or (perhaps more helpfully) the 'Arab Awakening'. Time, we think, to stop for a moment and take stock.

  • 15 Jan 2012

    A court is expected to rule next week on the City of London’s request for an eviction of the ‘Occupy’ camp near St Paul’s Cathedral. Christianity Uncut have now formally declared their intention to organise a ring of prayer at the camp if eviction goes ahead. The news has been welcomed by Ekklesia.