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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.

Archbishop of Canterbury continues to speak against stark inequality

Archbishop of Canterbury continues to speak against stark inequality

Gross inequality is a “great challenge for our world,” Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby warned. On a visit to the USA, he spoke more forcefully on the issue than perhaps he has ever done before.

As hospitals struggle, NHS tops voter concerns

As hospitals struggle, NHS tops voter concerns

The NHS is now the greatest concern by far for UK voters, according to the results of a Guardian/ICM poll published on 20 January 2015.

Pope’s warm response to Sri Lankan religious pluralism

Pope’s warm response to Sri Lankan religious pluralism

“Every religion has dignity; every religion that respects life”, remarked Pope Francis at a press conference during a visit to Asia. This included a visit to a Buddhist temple while he was in Sri Lanka.