budget 2010

  • 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."

  • July 5, 2010

    The coalition government in the UK is accused by welfare groups and trade unions of a confused, cynical and heartless approach to massive public spending cuts.

  • June 27, 2010

    David Cameron has tried to use Armed Forces Day to whip up support for the unpopular war in Afghanistan, but the ruinous cost of ineffective military spending is clearly at odds with his government's rhetoric about the urgent need for cuts.

  • 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,

  • June 25, 2010

    There has been virtually no national moral conversation about progressive taxation and those who believe in social justice have permitted their approach to be dictated entirely by the ideological Right, says Jill Segger. Another way forward is both possible and crucial.

  • June 25, 2010

    Severe cuts in social welfare spending by governments intent on reducing budget deficits can cost lives as well as cause economic pain, says a new Oxford University study.

  • June 24, 2010

    The budget announcements on housing benefit made by the Chancellor this week could push households over the edge, Shelter chief executive Campbell Robb has warned.

  • June 24, 2010

    What is missing from our public life, as illustrated by the Chancellor’s budget, is an ethic of conversion which produces the fundamental changes to individuals so that they can leave behind the culture of poverty, says Graeme Smith. Without this, and relying on the carrot and stick ethic, we can expect the ranks of the poorest merely to grow.

  • June 24, 2010

    The UK coalition government has been left on the back foot in defending its emergency budget after established analysts proclaimed its social impact regressive and its economic approach flawed.

  • June 23, 2010

    What kind of 'narrative' is the new post-election, post-budget coalition government trying to create, asks Simon Barrow, and what is its ratio of substance to spin, of new politics to old-fashioned collusion? Moreover, how will Labour and extra-parliamentary activists who question the underlying Westminster consensus respond?