Category - benefit cuts

  • March 20, 2014

    The budget announced by UK chancellor George Osborne has been widely reported as appealing to pensioners and savers. Some measures, such as pensioner bonds, will indeed help sizeable numbers of older people. Yet for many people over retirement age, it is will not be good news overall.

  • February 23, 2014

    Twenty-seven Anglican bishops, a Cardinal, an assortment of non-conformists and Quakers may have a ring of Edward Lear, but this coalition represents a growing momentum of faith-based anger and condemnation of the government's 'reform' of social security (

  • February 21, 2014

    Social security sanctions, in which people not in paid work have benefit payments cut or removed for up to three years, have reached record levels. 27 Anglican bishops and other church leaders have condemned UK government benefit cuts and failures which mean that many go hungry.

  • February 20, 2014

    Quaker Peace and Social Witness is supporting the End Hunger Fast campaign to call for urgent political action to end hunger in Britain.

  • February 14, 2014

    New research published by the TUC today (14 February)) shows that tax credits and benefits play a crucial role in lifting low-paid workers out of poverty.

  • January 13, 2014

    “Channel 4’s Benefits Street programme shows why we need to stand alongside people in poverty," says the Director of Church Action on Poverty.

  • January 7, 2014

    UK chancellor George Osborne is using divide-and-rule tactics to try to push through further cuts of around £25 billion over two years by 2017-18. This includes £12 billion in social security reductions. The poorest will be worst affected but, if he gets his way, many others currently struggling to cope with sharply rising prices and rents will be hit.

  • January 2, 2014

    A clergyman who has refused to pay his council tax to protest against benefit changes has vowed to keep campaigning in 2014.

  • December 25, 2013

    It's a good day for a story about babies. The parable of the babies in the river tells of a settlement on a riverbank whose inhabitants began to notice infants floating downstream. As each one came by, someone would jump in and rescue it. As the days went by, more and more babies were pulled from the water, fed, clothed and taken care of to the best of the villagers' ability.

  • December 14, 2013

    Jenny (not her real name) describes herself as “a medicated production”. In preparation for our meeting, she had recourse to a morphine patch. She explained that she always tried to “dress nicely and take care with my hair and make up when I go out or meet people.”