Category - welfare

  • 6 Apr 2013

    Hundreds of millionaire bankers will enjoy an extra £54,000 on average each year from 6 April 2013, thanks to a cut in the top UK tax rate (assuming they pay taxes here and opposition calculations are correct). A massive state bailout previously saved many banks, after their sector triggered an economic crisis in which numerous taxpayers suffered. By coincidence, Mick Philpott – whose crimes are being exploited by the Chancellor and Prime Minister to undermine the principle of social security – also apparently received £54,000 a year from public funds.

  • 4 Apr 2013

    Today I got an email from George Osborne. It wasn’t personal. I signed up for them on the basis that I like to keep my eye on what he’s doing; or more accurately, what he claims he’s doing.

  • 3 Apr 2013

    When I received an embargoed press release a few weeks ago from the Joint Public Issues Team (The Methodist Church, Baptist Church, United Reformed Church) and the Church of Scotland about their new “Truth and Lies about Poverty” campaign, my heart leaped.

  • 1 Apr 2013

    A petition calling for government minister Iain Duncan Smith to live at the poverty level he is helping impose on others has gone viral across the internet.

  • 28 Mar 2013

    For all who care about social justice, the last few years have been dreadful. To see the incomes of the poorest people cut, and to see those cuts justified by inaccurate and divisive ‘scroungers’ rhetoric has been depressing. For those at the receiving end it has been very painful.

  • 19 Mar 2013

    Paul Morrison, Policy Adviser for the Methodist Church in Britain, says that the Chancellor's Budget this weekmust put right previous unjust rhetoric about people in poverty.

  • 14 Mar 2013

    The WOW petition, organised by sick and disabled people suffering the multiple impacts of welfare reform, has received a response from the government, as is required when any petition on the e-petition website reaches the 10,000 signature mark. This one is heading towards 27,000 already.

  • 10 Mar 2013

    Over 40 Church of England bishops have signed an letter to the government in the media criticising its Benefits Uprating Bill as an attack on the poorest.

  • 1 Mar 2013
  • 1 Mar 2013

    A new churches' report shows how evidence and statistics have been misused, misrepresented and manipulated to create untruths that stigmatise the poor.