Category - austerity

  • 20 Dec 2014

    I’ve been re-reading ‘A Christmas Carol’, and the way it resonates with present day Britain is quite remarkable. As Christmas approaches, Scrooge sits in his counting house, as he does every day, obsessed with his accounts and balancing the books, untouched and unmoved by the poverty all around him.

  • 9 Dec 2014

    Archbishop Justin Welby has been commended for highlighting UK hunger, but questioned for focusing on charity rather than justice.

  • 8 Dec 2014

    Before coming to Ekklesia, I worked for many years in social care. I loved the work (mainly in services for adults with learning disabilities), though it was not without challenges. The biggest of which, was the constant scrabble to make money stretch as far as it could. Though this was less evident in the times of plenty than it is in today’s Austerity Britain, I’ve never known a year when we weren’t asked to do a little bit more for the same amount of money. A trend which in the last few years has shifted towards being asked to do a whole lot more for a whole lot less.

  • 21 Nov 2014

    Sitting Rochester and Strood MP Mark Reckless held on to his seat in a by-election after defecting to the UK Independence Party, though with a much-reduced majority.

  • 7 Oct 2014
    When my twin sister and I were very sick with the measles, aged six, it didn’t even occur to me that a home visit from the doctor was anything less than our due. I bet it occurred to my parents though. Having grown up in a world without the NHS, I bet they were grateful that they didn’t have to think about how to pay the doctor for his trouble, or for the medicines he left that helped relieve our symptoms and reduce the fever that was undoubtedly causing them concern.
  • 30 Sep 2014

    In 2008, the banks collapsed, and everything changed. The then Labour government, anxious to avoid economic meltdown paid billions to bail them out whilst starting on a programme of public sector cuts that would only increase under the Coalition.

  • 4 Sep 2014

    A new report published yesterday (3 September), commissioned by the TUC from London Metropolitan University, exposes the impact of the government’s austerity measures on LGBT services.

  • 18 Jul 2014

    Welfare, education and the NHS are all being hit by the same cuts, driven, not by a desire to improve the national debt (which is now significantly worse than 2010), says Virginia Moffatt, but by a poisonous ideology that private profit must come before common good. "So I decided that the time had come to move somewhere, where I can be in a position to challenge that ideology. I have joined Ekklesia as the new Chief Operating Officer, because I can see what an important role a think-tank linking good quality research and ideas to civic action, political change and a positive role for churches and other NGOs can play in influencing mainstream politics. That is what I want to be part of."

  • 11 Jul 2014

    Low share prices when the UK government privatised Royal Mail cost the taxpayer around £1 billion, a parliamentary committee has reported. Meanwhile the National Health Service and social services are in financial crisis.

  • 8 Jul 2014

    The ‘common good’ and support for current and former soldiers are among the topics to be discussed at the Church of England’s general synod in July 2014. Savi Hensman suggests that the institutional Church of England in its current form may be too heavily compromised by its closeness to the “principalities and powers” to be fully effective in seeking justice and peace. She argues that it will have to face a death of sorts in order to be renewed in Christ.