welfare

  • May 1, 2011
  • April 2, 2011

    Disturbing evidence is emerging that UK job centres are increasingly looking for excuses to stop welfare benefits to people who are out of work. People with mental health problems, learning or communication difficulties, those who are young or uneducated are among those at most risk.

  • March 28, 2011

    A UK government review of local authority duties has raised further fears about the future of social services, says Savi Hensman/ Yet, against a background of harsh spending cuts, this is also an opportunity for people and civil society organisations - including churches and faith bodies - to declare whether they believe that children and adults should be able to get the support they need.

  • December 7, 2010

    A new report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows that children living in poverty in working households in the UK have increased to 2.1 million – the highest on record.

  • November 19, 2010

    Many of the government’s cuts will intensify divisions in society, excluding some people from opportunities that others enjoy and making it less likely that people from different backgrounds will mix, says Savi Hensman. A different way forward is needed.

  • 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."