Bishop of Bath and Wells joins attack on benefit cuts
The Bishops of Bath and Wells and Bristol were among 43 leading clerics to launch a searing attack on welfare reforms, insisting there was “nothing moral” about leaving families on benefits.
A letter in the Sunday Telegraph endorsed by the Archbishops of Canterbury claimed that capping benefit rises at 1 per cent will have a “deeply disproportionate” effect on children.
But Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, told ITV News last night: “This is about fairness. People who are paying taxes, working very hard, have hardly seen any increases in their salary and yet, under the last government, the welfare bill rose by some 60 per cent to £200 billion. That means they have to pay for that under their taxes, which is simply not fair.
The Most Rev Justin Welby, who will be formally enthroned at Canterbury Cathedral on March 21, said “children and families will pay the price” if plans to change the system go ahead in their current form.
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“As a civilised society, we have a duty to support those among us who are vulnerable and in need. When times are hard, that duty should be felt more than ever, not disappear or diminish,” he said.