In a column in the Telegraph, Fraser Nelson has stated: "David Cameron should not be afraid to talk about food banks. Rather than a sign of social decay, they are a sign of the ‘big society’ in action."
The Conservatives are refusing to give details of where £12 billion of further social security cuts will come from, but Iain Duncan Smith has said, "there are some things that we will do, and want to do, that are of life-changing, dramatic effects."
Our co-director Jonathan Bartley is taking a short unpaid sabbatical from Ekklesia, starting at Easter and running until after the General Election. This is because he is running as a parliamentary candidate, and both he and Ekklesia wish to avoid any confusion between those two roles.
Last night, three East Anglian Quakers sat round the kitchen table of their Area Meeting Clerk. We were stuffing envelopes – an activity which will be replicated in many kitchens and committee rooms over the next five weeks.
Benefit ‘reforms’ which are supposed to get more people into paid work have often made life harder for those in, or seeking, jobs, research reveals. They have also undermined independence in other ways and caused suffering and injustice.