The noise of victimhood culture has drowned out the plight of the poor

Jun 13, 2018 by

by Jenny McCartney, UnHerd: Destitution is a term that feels antiquated: the words “the poor and destitute”, go together like a horse and carriage, conjuring the exploited, desperate masses of Victorian England. It’s a condition that was addressed, but barely relieved, by the grim charity of the workhouse and the orphanage. For as a recent report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation reminds us, destitution is still very much with us. In 2017, more than 1.5 million people in the UK were ‘in...

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The ‘burning injustice’, Mrs May, is that the poor no longer wed

May 18, 2018 by

by Harry Benson, TCW: Harry and Meghan are about to do it. His older brother did it a few years ago. Some of his cousins have done it. His father has even done it twice. Indeed it would be considered quite odd if Prince Harry and Meghan Markle weren’t going to get married. Royal weddings are a bit of a tradition. Marriage is what they do. But is that all there is to it? Has marriage been relegated to little more than a tradition? It’s certainly the case that many people today would ask why...

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Why Won’t the UN Say What Really Reduces Poverty?

May 5, 2018 by

by Chelsea Follett, Human Progress: Earlier this month, the United Nations urged the world to celebrate the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, advertising it on social media using the hashtag #EndPoverty. The UN noted the incredible progress on the issue: Poverty has declined globally, from 1.7 billion people in 1999 to 767 million in 2013, a drop in the global poverty rate from 28 percent in 1999 to 11 per cent in 2013. The most significant progress was seen in Eastern and...

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Religious leaders attack two-child benefit cap, warning women could face choice between abortion or poverty

Apr 6, 2018 by

by Ashley Cowburn, Independent: A coalition of religious leaders have castigated the Government over the two-child benefit cap, warning that some women will be forced to face the “invidious” choice between abortion and poverty. Urging the Government to repeal the contentious legislation, 60 Church of England Bishops, alongside the Muslim Council of Britain and the Board of Deputies of British Jews, claim the policy is expected to tip 200,000 children into poverty. The policy — imposed by the...

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Reimagining social welfare: Lessons from Geneva’s transformation

Jan 11, 2018 by

by Jonathan Tame and Luke Tame, Jubilee Centre: Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.   Zechariah 7:9–10  For consider too the conditions on which God places benefits in the hands of the rich: so that they may have both the opportunity and ability to help their poor neighbours.  John Calvin Summary Britain’s social welfare system is facing a long-term crisis...

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The Society: Church of the Poor

Nov 19, 2017 by

from Forward in Faith: 420 parishes are under the oversight of a member of the Council of Bishops of The Society having passed a resolution under the House of Bishops’ Declaration, the Forward in Faith National Assembly heard when it met at the Church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, on Saturday 18 November. (Beverley 105, Burnley 19, Chichester 14, Ebbsfleet 94, Fulham 60, Richborough 97, Wakefield 31.) In the last four years the Society’s bishops have ordained over 50 priests (most of them...

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