Modern Believing

The United Voice of Church Leaders

Modern Believing (2014), 55, (3), 293–297.

Abstract

With rare unanimity British church leaders have expressed concern about rising levels of poverty and the impact of cuts to welfare spending. At a time when politicians calculate that reducing welfare state provision is popular with the electorate, the churches rightly express a Christian conviction that the needs of all should be met.

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Cameron, David. (2014) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/david-cameron/10647538/Cutting-benefits-part-of-a-moral-mission-Cameron-tells-new-Cardinal.html Google Scholar

Daily Mirror. (2014) http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/27-bishops-slam-david-camerons-3164033 Google Scholar

De Schutter, Olivier. (2014) ‘Food banks can only plug the holes in social safety nets’. Guardian. 27 Feb. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/feb/27/food-banks-social-safety-nets http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/feb/27/food-banks-social-safety-nets ‘Food banks can only plug the holes in social safety nets’ Guardian Google Scholar

Food Ethics Council. (2014) http://www.foodethicscouncil.org/node/693 Google Scholar

Gee, Ruth. (2014) http://methodist-presandvp.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/trampling-head-of-poor-into-dust-of.html Google Scholar

Nicols, Vincent. (2014) http://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/437/0/welfare-cuts-a-disgrace-that-has-ripped-apart-nation-s-safety-net-says-cardinal-designate-nichols- Google Scholar

Unwin, Julia. (2012) http://www.jrf.org.uk/blog/2012/12/2012-review-decade-destitution Google Scholar

Welby, Justin. (2014) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/10652429/Welby-churches-know-what-they-are-talking-about-in-benefits-warning.html Google Scholar

Williams, Rowan. (2014) http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/dr-rowan-williams-food-bank-3168067 Google Scholar

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Cooper, Niall