Post Tagged with: "Society"

Debate on the role of churches in society

Recently, my colleague Fiona Bruce MP held a backbench debate on the contribution of faith organisations to the voluntary sector. Fiona opened as follows: Christians possess a rich heritage of social reform and charitable care which is alive today. In the 19th century, William Wilberforce and Lord Shaftesbury led campaigns for […]

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ESA and PIP changes in Budget 2016

I have been asked to explain reasons for the changes to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) as set out in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill and the debacle over Personal Independence Payment (PIP). In the Summer Budget 2015, the Chancellor announced that, from April 2017, new ESA claimants who are placed in […]

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How choice and competition improve society

Writing today for City AM, Paul Ormerod argues “It’s time to fight the claim that consumer choice doesn’t improve public services”. Quite right. Ormerod indicates one of the trends of our time: The new Labour shadow transport secretary Mary Creagh said last week that she was “open” to the idea […]

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Introducing WycombeFirst – “Industry enriches”

Today, I’m launching WycombeFirst: WycombeFirst is an initiative to promote Wycombe businesses. We know that industry – productive work in the service of others – helps individuals to flourish, builds up society and creates a prosperous future. Each week, WycombeFirst will showcase local businesses in different sectors. We’re proud of […]

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More unexpected borrowing?

Yesterday, we learned “public sector net borrowing was £0.6 billion in July 2012; this is £3.4 billion higher net borrowing than in July 2011, when net borrowing was -£2.8 billion (a repayment)”. Compared to say May, when we borrowed £17.9 billion, £600 million seems relatively modest. It’s still the gross […]

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