New research by the national charity Turn2us has found that 48 per cent of low income households are not claiming the welfare benefits and tax credits they could be entitled to. This is despite the fact that 87 per cent of this group have seen no improvement to their financial situation over the last year.
The Moderator of the Church of Scotland and church staff have hosted a visit from Cardinal Bo of Myanmar, Archbishop of Yangon and the first Catholic Cardinal ever for Myanmar, appointed by Pope Francis in 2015.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for the adoption of a global compact on responsibility-sharing that collectively ensures the human rights, safety and dignity of all refugees and migrants.
An influential committee of Parliamentarians has called on the British Government to “urgently” clarify its legal position on drone strikes, warning that its policy “may expose…Ministers to the risk of criminal prosecution for murder.”
The World Council of Churches General Secretary, the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit has issued a statement urging the international community to put an end to the “culture of impunity” in Syria. The statement followed news reports from Syria of an air strike that targeted the Kammouneh Syrian refugee camp 0n 7 May 2016.
The families of three young men who died in Glen Parva prison have called for more action to prevent suicides as Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons published its latest inspection report on the jail.