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Policy experts and commentators from the churches and Christian organisations have criticised the Conservative-Liberal Democrat government for a budget which hits the most vulnerable hardest.
Today the public, and particularly the Liberal Democrats, appear nonchalant as George Osborne steers the ship of state straight towards the Austerity Iceberg.
The Government's emergency budget will have taken a gigantic £40 billion out of the economy by 2014-15 at a time when the recovery is fragile, and cuts will hit those with fewest resources hardest, say critics.
Environmental analysts are less than impressed with the green credentials of the government's emergency budget statement in the House of Commons today.
While analysing the welter of information coming in about the coalition government's first budget, including responses from a range of civil society organisations, one small cut has been overlooked.
The government has missed an opportunity to raise more money to protect the poorest in the UK from spending cuts and VAT rises, and help tackle global poverty and climate change, says Oxfam.
Campaigners have said that the Chancellor's bank tax is 'disappointing' and that the budget is 'taking from the poor to give to the rich'.
The Budget got the big judgement about the economy wrong and cannot live up to substantial claims to be fair, says Trades Union Congress General Secretary Brendan Barber.
Green Party leader Caroline Lucas MP has challenged the basic logic of the Coalition Government's massive public spending cuts, saying they are both "destructive and unnecessary."
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Church House Conference Centre hosted an event with a military think tank on Ash Wednesday.
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