benefit cuts

  • 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.

  • April 23, 2013

    Shelter reports a surge in demand for advice services as the high cost of housing, living costs and cuts to housing support leave people struggling to pay for their homes.

  • April 12, 2013

    One in three people could not pay their rent or mortgage for more than a month if they lost their job, new figures from Shelter have revealed.

  • April 6, 2013

    Hundreds of millionaire bankers will enjoy an extra £54,000 on average each year from 6 April 2013, thanks to a cut in the top UK tax rate (assuming they pay taxes here and opposition calculations are correct). A massive state bailout previously saved many banks, after their sector triggered an economic crisis in which numerous taxpayers suffered. By coincidence, Mick Philpott – whose crimes are being exploited by the Chancellor and Prime Minister to undermine the principle of social security – also apparently received £54,000 a year from public funds.

  • April 6, 2013

    The government’s war of words against disabled and badly-off people continues unchecked. The latest slurs by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Prime Minister and the Minister for Disabled People suggest that UK politics has become a largely fact-free zone.

  • April 6, 2013

    Disability rights campaigner and WOW petition organiser Susan Archibald has joined with fellow protestors to demonstrate at Amazon’s depot in Halbeath, Fife.

  • April 3, 2013

    Four major British Churches have described George Osborne's defence of the Government's benefit cuts as "deeply disappointing".

  • April 1, 2013

    On Radio 4's Today programme this morning, Iain Duncan Smith was asked if he could live on £53 a week. His response perfectly illustrated the moral vacuum which is at the heart of our politics.