• 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.

  • June 20, 2008

    'A love genuinely lived by a people joined to Christ for the sake of the world' is how Simon Barrow defines the mission of the church. It is about something more transformatory than projects or agencies alone, he says.