benefit cuts

  • January 7, 2014

    UK chancellor George Osborne is using divide-and-rule tactics to try to push through further cuts of around £25 billion over two years by 2017-18. This includes £12 billion in social security reductions. The poorest will be worst affected but, if he gets his way, many others currently struggling to cope with sharply rising prices and rents will be hit.

  • January 2, 2014

    A clergyman who has refused to pay his council tax to protest against benefit changes has vowed to keep campaigning in 2014.

  • December 25, 2013

    It's a good day for a story about babies. The parable of the babies in the river tells of a settlement on a riverbank whose inhabitants began to notice infants floating downstream. As each one came by, someone would jump in and rescue it. As the days went by, more and more babies were pulled from the water, fed, clothed and taken care of to the best of the villagers' ability.

  • December 14, 2013

    Jenny (not her real name) describes herself as “a medicated production”. In preparation for our meeting, she had recourse to a morphine patch. She explained that she always tried to “dress nicely and take care with my hair and make up when I go out or meet people.”

  • October 9, 2013

    Dear Iain Duncan Smith

    I believe you live in a beautiful house – a 16th century Tudor farmhouse which belongs to your father-in-law. Perhaps you'll expect me to be angry or envious. But I'm not. It's natural for people to want to help their children and the more you have, the more you can give.

  • August 9, 2013

    The UK government must take action to offset the impact of its austerity policies on disabled and older women, a United Nations committee says.

  • July 17, 2013

    Under Universal Credit, families working full time could have less disposable income than part-timers, according to a new report for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

  • July 15, 2013

    Opposition by churches to harsh treatment of the poor is welcome, as further benefit cuts hit hard-up households. It is important to work with, and learn from, those with a long track record of resisting economic injustice.

  • June 7, 2013

    Government figures released yesterday (6 June) show that the number of homeless households in England is the highest for five years.

  • May 23, 2013

    The government is using many of the classic tools of propaganda to influence our thinking about 'welfare' and those who receive it, says Jill Segger. She argues that we need to turn again to the real meaning of Jesus' transformative relationships with the despised.