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Sick and disabled claimant death figures released

Sick and disabled claimant death figures released

Between December 2011 and February 2014, 2,650 people died shortly after losing incapacity benefits when judged fit for work and 1,360 died just after completing appeals.

Archbishop unjustly bars lay reader for marrying

Archbishop unjustly bars lay reader for marrying

The Archbishop of York will block a lay minister from serving local churches, simply because he is getting married. This move is divisive and exposes the Church of England’s injustice towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

Anti-migrant rhetoric and the realities of terror

Are you more afraid of being tortured, shot, beheaded or forced to murder your neighbours to save your own life? If threatened, how far would you run to escape?

The Labour Party’s ‘welfare’ dilemma

The Labour Party’s ‘welfare’ dilemma

Divisions have opened up among Labour Party leaders over whether to avoid opposing harsh social security cuts. Some regard this as a difference between the sensible and dogmatic. But perhaps this exposes past folly in supporting injustice and deceit.

Will the budget succeed in derailing the UK economy?

Will the budget succeed in derailing the UK economy?

The Summer Budget produced by the UK chancellor George Osborne will, predictably, continue to widen the gap between the rich and the rest of the population. It may also fulfil economists’ warnings of further economic damage.

Social housing crackdown could cost taxpayers billions

Social housing crackdown could cost taxpayers billions

Hundreds of thousands of council and housing association tenants in England could face rocketing rents or eviction unless they buy their homes. Though supposedly this will save £250 million a year, it may actually cost billions.

Earth entering sixth ‘mass extinction’ phase, scientists warn

Earth entering sixth ‘mass extinction’ phase, scientists warn

The earth is entering its sixth mass extinction event, biologists from several universities have warned. Without urgent action, many types of creatures will disappear, and humankind itself is at risk.

Magna Carta: overcoming idolatry towards the state

Magna Carta: overcoming idolatry towards the state

The 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta in June 2015 is being widely celebrated. King John’s signing of this document symbolised the end of an age when rulers had absolute power. Yet worship of the state, in England and beyond, is still common.

Scottish Episcopal Church moves towards marrying same-sex couples

Scottish Episcopal Church moves towards marrying same-sex couples

The Scottish Episcopal Church has taken a major step towards letting same-sex couples marry in church. However the process of change will take at least two years. If and when final approval is given, priests will be allowed – but not required – to celebrate weddings between same-sex partners.

Evangelist Tony Campolo welcomes same-sex partnerships

Evangelist Tony Campolo welcomes same-sex partnerships

Tony Campolo, an influential Christian speaker and writer, no longer regards same-sex partnerships as wrong. Several other well-known evangelicals in recent years have also changed their views on sexual ethics.