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The Localism Bill offers a chance to have fair, inclusive public services, but only if discrimination issues, funding and accountability are addressed, say respondents.
Scottish Greens have voted to reject the "deeply regressive cuts agenda", and to propose radical alternatives to the public at the Holyrood elections in May 2011.
Churches involved in delivering social provision to the whole community should not use this position to push their own agendas, a Catholic bishop says.
Plaid Cymru have launched their general election manifesto with an insistence that protection for the vulnerable is a political priority that other parties are ignoring.
Anglican Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu has challenged leaders of all political parties to invest in people and public services - in the face of talk of drastic cuts.
Christian campaigners have echoed this week's calls by trades unions to ensure that economic policies in the wake of the recession do not cause further harm to the most vulnerable people.
As the debate on church and welfare continue, the Prime Minister and other senior government figures today host a reception with the winners of the 2008 Faithworks Awards at No 10 Downing Street.
The new Cambridge report on church, government and public welfare (Moral, But No Compass) raises plenty of important questions - which the immediate media furore is in danger of missing or distorting.
A report looking at the role of the Church of England and other faith communities in public welfare provision has been spun into an attack on government before it has even been published and read, say the researchers behind it.