February 28, 2011

Westminster Council may ban soup run

by Jan Harris

Westminster Council has launched a consultation on a plan to stop people sleeping rough in the Victoria area. The council want to introduce a byelaw that would not only fine rough sleepers but also the charities that hand out free food and drink to them. It claims the soup run causes littering, violence and other […]

February 25, 2011

Bishop opposes change to Act of Settlement

by Jan Harris

On its website, the National Secular Society, highlights a comment made by Bishop of Manchester, Nigel McCulloch, in diocesan magazine Crux. In the magazine the Bishop expressed his concern that changing the 1701 Act could lead to the disestablishment of the Church of England. The law bans Catholics or anyone married to a Catholic from […]

Charity CEO returns OBE in protest at cuts

by Jan Harris

Denise Marshall, chief executive of London-based charity Eaves, has returned her OBE to David Cameron because of the cuts her charity is facing. The charity’s POPPY Project, which provides accommodation and support for women who have been trafficked into prostitution or domestic servitude, is facing a 75 per cent cut to its funding from the […]

February 24, 2011

Health Authority calls for change in suicide law

by Jan Harris

West Midlands NHS Strategic Health Authority has called for changes to the UK law on suicide, to make it fit for the 21st century. Pauline Smith, the end of life care lead for NHS West Midlands has expressed concern that the current law, which makes it illegal to help someone commit suicide in the UK, […]

Holocaust book branded ‘anti-Polish’

by Jan Harris

A new book, ‘Golden Harvest’ by Jan Tomasz Gross and his wife Irena Grudzinska-Gross is causing controversy even before it is published on 10 March. The book, which is being published by Znak, Poland’s largest Catholic publishing house, tells how Poles betrayed Jews to the Nazis, took over their jobs and houses, and stole precious […]

February 22, 2011

Humanist weddings overtake Roman Catholic ceremonies

by Jan Harris

In Scotland more people are choosing a Humanist wedding than a Roman Catholic wedding for the first time. According to the Registrar General for Scotland’s provisional data on marriages by denomination, humanist weddings were the third most popular in the country last year, increasing by 35 per cent to 1,706. The number of Catholic weddings […]

February 21, 2011

People sleeping rough quadruples

by Jan Harris

The real size of the problem of homelessness has been revealed by a new method of calculating how many people are sleeping rough. According to the former counting system, 440 people slept rough in England last autumn, but the new system reveals that 1,768 people were sleeping rough during this period. Under the new systems […]

February 18, 2011

Young brides and bridegrooms most likely to divorce

by Jan Harris

The latest divorce figures from the Office for National Statistics highlight a trend for couples who marry in their 20s to divorce. The divorce rate among 25-29 year-olds is twice the average, with 21.7 men and 25.1 women per 1,000 in this age group divorcing in 2009. The figures also show that people are turning […]

February 17, 2011

Government announces consultation on gay marriage

by Jan Harris

The government is to look at whether gay couples should be allowed to marry, a move that would mean reviewing the legal definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman, which has stood for centuries. Gay couples have been allowed to legalise their relationship by becoming civil partners since 2005. Although […]

February 16, 2011

War on Want calls for end to Afghan war

by Jan Harris

It is sixty years since War on Want was founded with calls for an end to the war in Korea, and now the charity is calling for Britain to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan. The charity has launched a report revealing the terrible price the Afghan people are paying in what it says has become […]

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