People of faith have been on the streets of London over the weekend, as an act of prophecy against the greatest attack on the vulnerable in society for the last 50 years, says David Haslam. Those from many different belief backgrounds, including Christians, joined the 'March for the Alternative' - for good spiritual and theological reasons.
It was right to be here at the March for the Alternative (http://marchforthealternative.org.uk/) today, but this was not the moment when the tide turned. There were too many subtexts; too fragmented an agenda for that.
This has not been a good week for the Big Society: As the impact of cuts are starting to bite on local communities, charity and council leaders are increasingly calling into question whether the Government’s ‘Big Society’ vision will survive.
Many people who are refused sanctuary in the UK but are unable to return to their countries, are forced to rely on the Azure payment card. A report from Refugee Action has highlighted many problems with the card. Church Action on Poverty are encouraging thousands of people to email the Immigration Minister Damian Green now, and ask for the card to be replaced with cash.