News Brief

  • February 3, 2017

    The Church of Scotland is encouraging MSPs to consider a £5 a week increase in Child Benefit as part of the Scottish Budget, which wasdebated in the Scottish Parliament yesterday.

  • February 3, 2017

    The Iranian authorities must immediately stop the execution of a man arrested for a crime committed when he was 17 years old, said Amnesty International, ahead of his scheduled execution on 11 February 2017.

  • February 2, 2017

    There is insufficient evidence to suggest that older people’s pensions are weighing on the wages or pension benefits of young workers, says a new briefing published by the TUC yesterday.

  • February 2, 2017

    Reacting to the recent suspension by the United States of its longstanding refugee programme, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres yesterday said resettlement is often “the only possible solution” for people fleeing conflict and persecution, and that the US policy, which bars entry of Syrians into the country, “should be removed sooner rather than later.”

  • February 2, 2017

    The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, the Rev Dr Roger Walton and Rachel Lampard, have welcomed a United Methodist Church statement on Trump's immigration order, given by Bishop Bruce R. Ough, the president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops.

  • February 1, 2017

    When making cuts to social security benefits the government’s approach has been to blame the poor for their own poverty.

  • February 1, 2017

    Matsés Indians from the Peruvian and Brazilian Amazon have denounced the threat of oil exploration on their ancestral land, which is home to uncontacted tribes.

  • February 1, 2017

    Faith and science communities met this week as Quakers set out to build communication and support between them. Quakers in Britain and the Quaker United Nations Office held two interfaith luncheons with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

  • February 1, 2017

    Commenting on the Department for International Development’s new strategy for economic development, Christian Aid has welcomed its focus on beyond-aid issues such as tax and transparency and its attention to the whole economy, and called on the rest of the government to work together to support genuinely sustainable development.

  • January 31, 2017

    Expressing concern regarding recently announced US measures related to refugee admissions and entry into the US by seven Muslim-majority countries, the World Council of Churches, ACT Alliance and the Lutheran World Federation  affirmed that faith calls all Christians to love and welcome the stranger, the refugee, the internally displaced person – 'the other.'