Every time that I think I can no longer be surprised by the behaviour of church institutions, I am proved wrong. Like many others, I was shocked to learn that a conference for arms dealers will take place in Church House. Thankfully, many Christians are still campaigning against the arms trade, militarism and cuts.
On 31 October the House of Commons will debate the Local Government Finance Bill, which proposes to cut 10 per cent of the grant local authorities receive from central government towards council tax benefits.
The Trades Union Congress (TUC), along with Guy Atkins of Goldsmiths University, has launched a best banner or placard competition for the 20 October 'A Future That Works' anti-austerity march and rally in central London, with parallel events in Glasgow and Belfast.
With 'the big three' parties all singing from the same austerity hymn sheet and promising cuts in social security that differ mainly in degree, says Simon Barrow, it is surely the most vulnerable in society who are set to be the biggest losers from the conference season political jamborees.