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This week, several UK churches have been objecting to government attempts to redefine things.
Three of the UK's largest churches have slammed proposals to change the way poverty is measured. They say ministers are blaming the poor for poverty.
The Anglican Archbishop of York is among those backing calls from charities to make sure that all children living with poverty can get a free school meal.
Three major British Churches are calling on Chancellor George Osborne to take tough action on tax avoidance in his 21 March 2012 statement.
Three of Britain's largest Christian Churches have urged the UN to condemn the Syrian regime's brutality and to seek a solution without violence.
The Baptist Union of Great Britain has voted to work with other churches against big companies which avoid paying tax to the detriment of the world's poor.
The "Poverty of Ambition? Churches and a Politics of Hope conference hosted by the Joint PUblic Issues Team took place in Birbingham on 22 January 2011.
A vote on new social housing measures was taken two hours before the end of the consultation period. Church groups now fear their submissions will be ignored.
The political journalist and comentator Will Hutton will give the keynote address at a day conference hosted by the Joint Public Issues Team on 22 January 2011.
British churches are urging political leaders to lay out plans for low carbon economies at the Cancun follow-up to the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference.