Category - government cuts

  • June 25, 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.

  • May 17, 2012

    Here is the full text of the letter published in the Guardian (17 May 2012) from disability organisations and disabled rights advocates, backed by signatories from charities, NGOs, academics and others (including Ekklesia), on the impact of government cuts hitting disabled people.

  • April 18, 2012

    The promise of a 'big society' is being undermined by cuts that threaten social investment to address poverty and equality, says the Archbishop of York.

  • March 21, 2012

    Cuts in welfare, age-related tax benefits, child benefit and the minimum wage will combine with high joblessness and price increases to heighten austerity.

  • March 3, 2012

    The latest public sector jobs figures published by the Office for National Statistics make grim reading for those concerned with sustainable employment.

  • February 23, 2012

    Government plans to cut the housing benefit of social tenants with spare rooms will drive "thousands into poverty", the National Housing Federation has warned.

  • February 6, 2012

    “Britain’s social housing estates, once stepping stones of opportunity, are now ghettos for our poorest people,” Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, declared in 2009.

  • January 30, 2012

    Dear Iain

    You once described yourself as “the quiet man”. It didn't quite work for you at the time, which is a pity, because quietness implies a capacity for reflection, listening and, in the words of our Quaker 'Advices and Queries', for finding space to “consider it possible you may be mistaken”. These are not qualities which are much in evidence among our noisier politicians.

  • January 26, 2012

    The government has suffered its sixth defeat on its controversial Welfare Reform Bill, and disabled and anti-cuts campaigners are taking to the streets.

  • January 23, 2012

    The Welfare Reform Bill debate has now given way to open warfare, says Simon Barrow. These latest battles are as much about the soul (or lack of it) of the coalition project as they are about money or the demographics of power. The government can command majorities in both Houses. But it is losing the argument, losing good will and storing up massive costs - financial and political - for the future.