Category - welfare state

  • 25 Jun 2012

    The government’s controversial 'workfare' programme - by which unemployed people are required to work for their benefits – is to face a legal challenge this week.

  • 17 May 2012

    Unemployed people and welfare rights campaigners are holding a “leaving party” following the end of a controversial government contract with A4e.

  • 12 Mar 2012

    Regular readers of my blog (a small but much appreciated group!) may wonder if I've got a bit obsessed with the Occupy eviction and my forced removal from the steps of St Paul's Cathedral. Looking back now, I realise that my last five blog entries have been about it.

  • 29 Jan 2012

    The saga of Bishop Wallace Benn and the pro-rape booklet goes on and on. Having first withdrawn his endorsement of the booklet, then apologised, he has now offered what appears to be an attempt at an explanation.

  • 26 Jan 2012

    Wallace Benn, the Suffragan Bishop of Lewes, has sent me an apology for his endorsement of a booklet the promotes the legalisation of rape within marriage and the criminalisation of same-sex relationships.

  • 25 Jan 2012

    Update: Following my blog and comments yesterday (below), and those by Bishop Alan Wilson and others, Bishop Wallace Benn has 'wholly and completely' disassociated himself from the extremist pamphlet by Stephen Green. Subsequent to this post and my previous one, Bishop Benn's office has issued a further statement with an apology and a clarification that he has asked Stephen Green to remove the endorsement from his website

  • 23 Jan 2012

    The government has been defeated in the House of Lords in a key part of its attempts to reduce the benefits available to unemployed people and part-time workers.

  • 10 Oct 2011

    A few weeks ago, I was sorting through some old papers and came across my first ever published article. It was a piece on Christian attitudes towards mental health, published in the (now defunct) New Christian Herald in October 1998. I was 21.

  • 6 Oct 2011

    Welcome to the parallel universe of David Cameron. It is a world in which the Tories stand up for the poor, lead the fight against dictatorship and stop people from being given benefits on demand. It is a world that exists in a conference hall in Manchester this week, in a few daily papers the rest of the time, and in the less well-informed parts of the right-wing blogosphere. It has nothing in common with the world that most of us live in.

  • 1 May 2011