• January 3, 2013

    Overweight or unhealthy people who fail to attend exercise sessions should have their benefits cut, the Local Government Information Unit proposed. Such a measure, included in a report produced with Westminster Council, would be unjust and do more harm than good.

  • December 13, 2012

    Ruth Lister, who is a peer, emeritus professor of social policy at Loughborough University and chair of the Compass management committee, has written a fine, short piece for the Guardian on benefits and uprating.

  • December 9, 2012

    The chair of the Church Urban Fund has criticised punitive government welfare cuts and the emaciation of the social contract behind the welfare state.

  • December 9, 2012

    The following is the full text of the letter to the Observer newspaper (9 December 2012), on the impact of the government's autumn budget statement, from charities, churches, trade unions and NGOs. Ekklesia fully endorses the sentiment and message of this letter.

  • December 8, 2012

    Church agencies involved in social care and promoting social justice say the chancellor's autumn statement places the burden of austerity unfairly on the poorest

  • December 7, 2012

    Scottish Greens say the UK Chancellor's economic and energy plans fail to respond to a world of staggering inequality and the urgent need to cut carbon.

  • November 28, 2012

    The extent of in-work poverty in Britain has been graphically exposed in a new Joseph Rowntree Foundation report published this week.

  • November 26, 2012

    It has long been apparent that demeaning and demonising benefit recipients to provide a rationale for deep welfare cuts is part of the government's strategy. Given the distribution curve of human behaviours, it is inevitable that some who receive benefits will be feckless, lazy and scrounging, just as these defects will also be found in the more prosperous strata of society. Now, Lord Freud – the Welfare Reform Minister – has found a new slur to cast on poor people.

  • November 16, 2012

    In seeking once again to blame the poor for poverty, UK work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith has implied that several children of members of the royal family may be poorer than many living on the breadline with parents earning the minimum wage.

  • October 30, 2012

    On 31 October the House of Commons will debate the Local Government Finance Bill, which proposes to cut 10% of the grant local authorities receive from central government towards council tax benefits.