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Extending ‘right to buy’ would worsen housing crisis

Extending ‘right to buy’ would worsen housing crisis

There has been widespread criticism of a Conservative Party manifesto pledge to extend the ‘right to buy’ to housing association tenants. This would worsen the housing crisis and be costly to the public.

Inheritance tax change not as generous as it sounds

Inheritance tax change not as generous as it sounds

The inheritance tax threshold will be raised if the Conservatives win the election, David Cameron, the UK Prime Minister pledged. This would benefit some home-owners in areas with high property prices. But, even for them, the deal is not as good as it might sound.

Sexuality and difference explored at Open Church conference

Sexuality and difference explored at Open Church conference

Views have changed throughout Christian history and differences can be found in the Bible, said Steve Chalke, a Baptist minister and founder of Oasis. He was opening Open Church, held from 10-11 April 2015.

Benefit ‘reforms’ damage work prospects and independence, research finds

Benefit ‘reforms’ damage work prospects and independence, research finds

Benefit ‘reforms’ which are supposed to get more people into paid work have often made life harder for those in, or seeking, jobs, research reveals. They have also undermined independence in other ways and caused suffering and injustice.

Planned new benefit cuts stoke social insecurity

Planned new benefit cuts stoke social insecurity

Many carers, disabled and unemployed people are likely to have their benefits slashed if the Conservatives return to power, leaked plans suggest.

Privatising NHS cancer and palliative care at patients’ expense

Privatising NHS cancer and palliative care at patients’ expense

Controversy over the biggest NHS privatisation deal so far has intensified after details were leaked. £1.2 billion worth of cancer and end-of-life services in Staffordshire may be handed to a private firm to manage.

Gagging civil servants and charities, suppressing inconvenient truths

Gagging civil servants and charities, suppressing inconvenient truths

New rules aimed at preventing civil servants from speaking to the media without ministers’ approval have been strongly criticised. They follow a drive to gag charities receiving public funding.

Disadvantaged worst hit if obesity, drug or alcohol problems are punished

Disadvantaged worst hit if obesity, drug or alcohol problems are punished

People unable to work because of obesity, drug or alcohol problems may have their social security payments cut if they do not undergo treatment, UK prime minister David Cameron has threatened. He has asked Professor Dame Carol Black, an adviser to the Department of Health, to carry out a review.

HSBC scandal also puts spotlight on church leadership concerns

HSBC scandal also puts spotlight on church leadership concerns

The latest scandal to hit HSBC, Britain’s biggest bank, again throws a spotlight on the enormous failings of the finance sector. It is also a source of embarrassment for governments present and past – but also for the Church of England.

Benefit sanctions: MP's reply shows magical thinking

Benefit sanctions: MP's reply shows magical thinking

An MP’s defence of benefit sanctions left many other UK parliamentarians stunned. It also showed how common magical thinking has become among those wanting tougher treatment of people receiving social security.