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Welfare reforms attacked

March 12 2014
Religious leaders talk of a “national crisis” of hunger

A group of 27 Anglican bishops have attacked the government’s welfare reforms for creating a “national crisis” of hunger.

The bishops join Methodist, Quaker and other Christian leaders in signing a joint letter to the Daily Mirror condemning welfare reform.

They say there ‘is an acute moral imperative to act’ and say that more than half those using food banks do so because of “cutbacks to and failures in the benefit system”.

The letter follows Britain’s leading Catholic, Cardinal Vincent Nicholas, branding welfare cuts “an absolute disgrace”.

It claims that half a million people have visited food banks since Easter, with 5,500 admitted to hospital for malnutrition.

The religious leaders blame soaring food prices and low wages as well as welfare reform.