Economy and Politics

  • 21 Mar 2014

    After the election, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats got together and agreed on a programme of what they would actually do together in government. On taxes, they agreed their priorities were to make taxes simpler, fairer, greener and more competitive.

  • 20 Mar 2014

    Khadija Shah, a British woman from Birmingham, has been sentenced to life imprisonment for drugs offences in Pakistan despite denying all the charges against her.

  • 20 Mar 2014

    George Osborne yesterday presented a budget founded in the determination to believe, if not six, at least two impossible things before breakfast.

  • 20 Mar 2014

    The budget announced by UK chancellor George Osborne has been widely reported as appealing to pensioners and savers. Some measures, such as pensioner bonds, will indeed help sizeable numbers of older people. Yet for many people over retirement age, it is will not be good news overall.

  • 20 Mar 2014

    As of 9.45am on Thursday 20 March 2014, the day after the Chancellor’s Budget statement, these were the comments and responses from the Churches in Britain that we were able to discover. Further updates will follow through Ekklesia’s ongoing reporting, commentary and analysis: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/budget2014

  • 20 Mar 2014

    Caritas Social Action Network, an official arm of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, has accused the Chancellor of “failing the poorest” in his Budget.

  • 20 Mar 2014

    "With fresh figures showing a return to economic growth over last year, George Osborne has a spring in his step. Growth is back, jobs are being created; his plan is vindicated in time for today's budget. There’s work still to do, but he’s building a 'resilient economy' he believes.

  • 20 Mar 2014

    Budget measures announced by UK chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne include a cap on the overall amount spent on a range of social security measures. People who become severely ill or injured, or face other unexpected needs, may find their already low standard of living forced down, regardless of how much they have contributed to society.

  • 20 Mar 2014

    Migrant workers’ rights in Qatar and the 2022 World Cup will be under discussion at FIFA's Executive Committee meeting in Zurich.

  • 20 Mar 2014

    Lower income families continue to shoulder burden of austerity under current UK government policy, says a leading anti-poverty agency.