• November 18, 2010

    One of the Church of Scotland’s most senior ministers has invited the Chancellor to come north of the Border on a “fact-finding mission” about welfare reform.

  • November 12, 2010

    It is grimly ironic, says Savi Hensman, that on Armistice Day UK news headlines included the announcement of a new benefits system which punishes the ‘workshy’ and a report showing inadequate care for many elderly NHS patients undergoing surgery.

  • November 11, 2010

    Churches and church organisations have told the government that its welfare proposals fail to understand the plight of the poor.

  • November 11, 2010

    I'd expected my views to be attacked when I appeared on the Moral Maze on BBC Radio 4 last night. What I had not expected was the extremism of the views pitted against mine. It's a sign of just how far to the right British politics has moved – particularly on issues of welfare and employment.

  • July 7, 2010

    Social welfare groups say the massive cuts planned in Britain's welfare budget will hit struggling families and could push the vulnerable "over the edge."

  • June 25, 2010

    A leading Christian anti-poverty charity has warned the coalition government that its determination to cut welfare spending could have disastrous - even fatal - effects on the poor,

  • February 9, 2010

    Church Action on Poverty has strongly condemned a proposal being considered by the Labour Party which would reward people who inform on benefit ‘cheats’. It will do nothing to tackle poverty or inequality, they say.

  • October 27, 2009

    A senior Church of Scotland minister has today called on the government to review the provision of benefits so that those in need are properly supported.

  • July 22, 2008

    Far-reaching proposals to force the long-term unemployed to work for their benefits were condemned yesterday by a church agency. Church Action on Poverty expressed concern that new welfare reforms would increase exclusion

  • June 24, 2008

    Gordon Brown's recent poll humiliations have left him seeking to rebuild support, says Simon Barrow. The 'faith constituency' is one that he has a particular interest in - and it won't go away.