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Opposition by churches to harsh treatment of the poor is welcome, as further benefit cuts hit hard-up households. It is important to work with, and learn from, those with a long track record of resisting economic injustice.
UK statistics authority chair Andrew Dilnot has criticised work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith’s misleading claims on the impact of capping benefits. This is not the first time that he, and the department he heads, have been found to have misused statistics.
The Welfare Benefits Uprating Bill, which the UK government is pushing through the House of Commons today (8 January 2013) is a ‘double lockout bill’ that cuts real support for workers and jobseekers by four per cent, says the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG).