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Latest foodbank figures 'should shock and anger', say Churches

Leaders of the Methodist Church, Baptist Union of Great Britain and United Reformed Church have responded with concern to the latest figures from the Trussell Trust, released today "These figures should shock and anger us," said Methodist President the Rev Ruth Gee.

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Tue Apr 15, 2014

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The media argument over welfare reform

The Scottish Trades Union Congress , meeting in Dundee from 14-16 April 2014), has passed an extensive motion on welfare reform and the effects of poverty in the UK.

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Falling savings put millions at risk of repossession

Millions of working families in the UK could not pay their rent or mortgage for more than a month if they lost their job, according to new figures from the housing and homelessness charity Shelter.

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Politics for People campaign launches across EU

A broad coalition of civil society organisations from across Europe have today launched a campaign to demand that candidates for the European elections on 22 May stand up for citizens and democracy against the excessive lobbying influence of banks and big business.

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Mon Apr 14, 2014

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Self-employment amounts to 44% of new jobs since 2010, research shows

Self-employment accounts for 44 per cent of the net rise in employment since mid-2010, with pensioners, part-time workers and 'odd-jobbers' the fastest growing groups of Britain's new self-employed workforce, the Trades Union Congress says today ahead of the latest employment figures published later this week, and as the Scottish TUC meets in ... (more)

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Sun Apr 13, 2014

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Human rights in Brazil under threat ahead of the World Cup

The rights to freedom of expression and to peaceful assembly are under threat in Brazil, Amnesty International said two months ahead of the start of the 2014 football World Cup.

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Briton tortured into 'confessing' faces sentencing in Dubai

A British tourist who was beaten and threatened with firearms by Dubai police, before being made to sign documents in a language he does not understand, is expecting a verdict in his trial on drugs offences this Tuesday .

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Another crisis for Church of England, newspapers warn

"First gay clergyman to wed plunges Church into crisis: Archbishop under pressure to sack canon who flouted ban on same sex marriage", announced the Mail dramatically.

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Sat Apr 12, 2014

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Government must clarify whether British territory was used for torture

In response to new reports that the CIA ran a torture 'black-site' on the British territory of Diego Garcia - something the UK government has consistently denied - the legal charity Reprieve has written to the Foreign Secretary asking him to clarify exactly how the island was used.

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Fri Apr 11, 2014

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Global Day of Action on Military Spending challenges assumptions

Peace and disarmament organisations are preparing for the Global Day of Action on Military Spending on 14 April.

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Medical report reveals full extent of Guantanamo Briton's illness

A medical evaluation of the last remaining Briton in Guantanamo Bay, Shaker Aamer, has detailed the full extent of physical and psychological damage caused by his torture and ongoing abuse at the prison.

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Children let down by asylum system, report finds

A report published yesterday by the Office of the Children's Commissioner reveals that some children who arrive alone in the UK seeking asylum face a struggle to get their voices heard in a system designed to deal with adults.

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Modi victory would harm India, artists and academics warn

Sculptor Anish Kapoor and writer Salman Rushdie are among those who have signed a letter to the Guardian warning that, if Narendra Modi became Prime Minister, "it would bode ill for India's future".

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Thu Apr 10, 2014

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Listen to disabled people, says Baroness Lister

One of Britain's leading academic and policy experts on poverty and disadvantage, and how to combat them, has commended the new Spartacus Network Report, Beyond the Barriers which was produced wholly by disabled and sick people, and co-published by Ekklesia yesterday .

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Are Christians being persecuted in the Middle East?

On 2 April 2014, the Catholic Ordinaries in the Holy Land and the Justice and Peace Committee issued a statement about the persecution of Christians in the Middle East.

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Wed Apr 09, 2014

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Younger people lead the way in opposing Trident replacement

A new survey suggests that people aged 18-35 years are more likely to oppose renewal of Trident than their older peers.

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World churches' chief meets with Korean church leaders

The general secretary of the World Council of Churches is currently in the Republic of Korea, visiting the country's WCC member churches and ecumenical partners.

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Tue Apr 08, 2014

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Disabled researchers propose alternatives to failed job tests

LONDON & EDINBURGH, Weds April 9th, 2014: A report published today aims to kickstart a significant new debate about the failure of sickness and disability support in the UK, why and what must be done to improve it, and how current systems should be re-designed so that all members of society can achieve their goals and aspirations.

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Heritage, mission and inter faith work top Methodist Church's agenda

The Methodist Council met in Leamington Spa from 5 to 7 April to consider some of the key issues that will be debated at this year's Methodist Conference.

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Mon Apr 07, 2014

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African peacebuilders journey from hurt to hope

In the week marking the twentieth anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, Quakers in Britain are launching an extraordinary book and exhibition of photographs: "This Light that Pushes Me", in which African peacebuilders relate their journey from violence to healing to activism.

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