Posted by Stephen Timms · March 10, 2014 5:00 PM
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For generations in Britain, when the economy grew, most people got better off with it. But that isn’t true anymore. Especially for young people.
The number of young people left on unemployment benefits for over a year has doubled since 2010 under David Cameron’s government. The latest figures show over 50,000 young people have been on the dole for over 12 months. Its increasingly clear that the government has failed miserably to give young people opportunities to learn, train and find a job. Just six per cent of the wage subsidies on the government’s flagship Youth Contract scheme have been used and less than one in five young people referred to the Work Programme have found a job.
Posted by John Enright · February 20, 2014 2:55 PM
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We here at Christians on the Left are delighted to see that an idea we originally suggested has picked up so much traction.
The fast is something we discussed with a number of people over the last few months and today the media have picked up on the campaign through a letter signed by numerous Church of England bishops on hunger, foodbanks and welfare. We thought you would welcome sight of the text of the letter itself, and some background on its origins.
Christians on the Left is a political organisation. And political organisations have their meetings in Westminster, right? Or at least in Holyrood, Stormont or Cardiff. So why did over a hundred people find themselves packed into a room at Vauxhall Foodbank in south London for the Christians on the Left Summit?
Well, the answer was to be found in the kind of people who were there.
Posted by John Enright · February 04, 2014 3:25 PM
The Welfare State is in a state of crisis – at least that is what the British public thinks. According to new research from Theos, nearly nine in ten agree that the welfare state is currently “facing severe problems”.
The Future of Welfare asks the key question underlying this sense of crisis: what is welfare for? Without thinking through the purpose of welfare, it argues, we are unlikely to reform it in anything more than a piecemeal and pragmatic way.
Voting and Values draws in particular on the British Election Survey and the British Social Attitudes survey. Amongst its many findings, the report finds that Anglicans have been more likely to vote Conservative than Labour (other than in 1966 and 1997) and in 2010 were twice as likely to vote Conservative than Roman Catholics (all self-identifying). It also finds that Anglicans have been more likely to vote Conservative if they were attended church services regularly. Church service attendance was also a better indicator of left-right views than affiliation to a denomination or religion alone.
Posted by Zoe Smith · January 10, 2014 9:30 AM
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Open Doors 2014 World Watch List shows militant Islamic pressure has filled state void
Fragile or failed states where militant Islamic movements flourish are some of the hardest places for Christians to live, shows annual report on Christian religious freedom.
Pressure on Christians intensified in a number of countries in 2013. The situation deteriorated most rapidly across northern Africa, the Middle East and the Gulf, in countries where sectarian violence has advanced unchecked by impotent central governments.
Posted by John Enright · January 09, 2014 11:00 AM
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By Stephen Timms MP, Chair of Christians on the Left
The debate about foodbanks exposes the dark secret at the heart of this government: they just don't care.
Asked about the growth of foodbanks, David Cameron always gives the same reply: that demand for foodbanks went up tenfold under Labour. He is implying that things are no worse now than before the election.
The facts, however, tell a different story. One of the reasons the extraordinary Trussell Trust has proved so irksome to government is that it keeps meticulous statistics. And it refuses to suppress them.
Posted by Rob Carr · November 26, 2013 3:43 PM
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Ed Miliband today sent a message of thanks to Churches and Christian agencies in the UK.
In it, he commends the work being done by faith groups around the nation in foodbanks, with the homeless, disadvantaged and vulnerable. He went on to mention climate change, international development and social justice. You can see the message here:
Posted by John Enright · November 20, 2013 12:12 AM
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Christians on the Left: Parliamentary Launch Reflection
Tuesday 5th November 2013
Acts 11:19-26 19 Now those who had been scattered by the persecution that broke out when Stephen was killed travelled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, spreading the word only among Jews. 20 Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and
Posted by Ian Geary · November 16, 2013 9:00 AM
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A Post-Liberal Political Economy for Labour*
Blue Labour, Catholic Social Thought and the ‘Civil Economy’ Alternative
‘Ever since the Thatcher era, British politics has been defined by forms of economic and social liberalism. The right won the argument for the former and the left the argument for the latter, or so it is said. Yet in the post-crash era, this ideological settlement is beginning to fracture.