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Report: Nearly 100,000 children affected by benefits sanctions in 2013/14

rethink sanctionsA new report from a coalition of major UK Churches has revealed that around 100,000 children were affected by benefit sanctions in 2013/14. It also shows that in the same period a total of nearly 7 million weeks of sanctions were handed out to benefit claimants. The new data, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, will feature in this evening's episode of Channel 4's Dispatches, entitled Britain's Benefits Crackdown.


Celebrating the life of the Revd Murdoch MacKenzie

Rev Murdoch MacKenzie, who died in Edinburgh earlier this month, was a minister in the Church of South India, the Church of Scotland and for the last thirty years in the United Reformed Church. (Read More) His ministry spanned many cultures – Europe and Asia, Scotland and England, the service of our denomination and an influential role as Ecumenical Moderator in Milton Keynes. Wherever he went he served with energy, imagination, insight and compassion. As we extend our deepest sympathy to Murdoch’s wife Anne and their family, we draw attention to the obituary printed in The Scotsman on 25 February 2015.


A poem for Fairtrade Fortnight

fortnight thumbnailFairtrade Fortnight, 23 February – 8 March, is an occasion to focus on the real difference that fairtrade makes to the lives of more than 7 million farmers, workers and their families in 59 developing countries – you can find out more about Fairtrade Fortnight here.