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Four major British Churches have described George Osborne's defence of the Government's benefit cuts as "deeply disappointing".
The chancellor faces triple-dip recession, failed deficit targets, growing inequality, low investment and increased unemployment as he announces his budget.
The Chancellor has received a copy of Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol from Christians who say he risks returning Britain to Victorian times.
A report released by War on Want says the Chancellor's anti-abuse rule will have no impact on the tax avoided by Amazon, Google and Starbucks.
Charities, church groups and trade unions have combined to call on the government to stop punishing the poorest through its economic and welfare policies.
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
The assertion that “those at the top and those at the bottom are being hit hardest” by the government's austerity policies suggests a misleading equivalence, says Simon Barrow. In reality it is those with least who are being punished most.
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.
Tax justice advocates have criticised George Osborne's announced clampdown on tax avoidance as "hollow" and "yet more hypocrisy".
A vote in the European parliament has failed to remove loopholes in new regulations to prevent banks driving up speculative food prices.