Further cuts would badly affect middle-income families
Cuts in the UK have harmed many of the most disadvantaged, including people who are disabled or low-paid. If a Conservative-led government takes power, further reductions and privatisation are likely to have a harsh impact on middle-income households too.
There has been extensive media coverage of the birth of a daughter to the Duchess and Duke of Cambridge. Yet, from a biblical perspective, a royal baby being born (or a new member of a president’s ‘first family’) is not that uncommon.
Ruling out cross-party cooperation does not help democracy
It is impossible to be sure who will win the UK general election. Yet it is almost certain that a sizeable majority of voters will back parties which publicly oppose further harsh cuts in public services such as the NHS and social security benefits.
Wealth of richest doubles as others struggle financially
The total wealth of Britain’s richest 1000 individuals and families has more than doubled over ten years, according to the Sunday Times Rich List. Meanwhile many ordinary people have been badly affected by low pay and cuts.
A breakaway international Anglican grouping intends to keep spreading its views across the world, including holding a conference in 2018. After meeting in London from 13-17 April, Gafcon Primates’ Council set out its plans in a communiqué.
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
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
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’ 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.