The chief executive of Goldman Sachs, Lloyd Blankfein, has suggested that bankers are doing “God's work” and that banks have a "social purpose". His remarks were described as “frankly astonishing” by Church Action on Poverty.
Faith and civic groups are engaged in a whole series of campaigns for people and planet, says Niall Cooper. But if politicians are to be held accountable up to and beyond the election, common action is needed in place of competing cacophony.
New government figures released on 7 May 2009 confirm that progress on fighting poverty in the UK had come to a halt, even before the current recession, says the campaigning organisation Church Action on Poverty.
Opposition to the government's Welfare Reform Bill reached a new level this morning, when campaigners dressed as bankers took over the lobby of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in Adelphi House, central London.
The Government’s Pre-Budget Report announced some measures which will help those hit hardest by the economic crisis. But more needs to be done, says the campaigning group Church Action on Poverty (CAP).