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A new report from leading UK children's charity Barnardo's says that the most disadvantaged unemployed 16 and 17 year olds are being ignored.
Dr Rowan Williams has strongly criticised government plans to make the long-term unemployed do unpaid manual labour for their benefits.
UK government minister Iain Duncan Smith has announced that unemployed people may be forced to do compulsory work in the community, for instance picking up litter or gardening.
At 11.5 per cent, the UK has the highest incidence of adults living in workless households of the six largest EU economies, says a new report.
It's too easy too blame the vulnerable for the failings of public services and the economy, says Savi Hensman. We need a new culture, and both faith groups and secular ones like trades unions can contribute.
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