A hub of information, analysis and reaction to political party announcements on major policy areas. These briefings, available closer to the election, are designed to assist you in making your voting decision but are in no way intended to support a particular political party.
Welfare, benefits and social security
An overview of welfare, benefits and social security policy ahead of the 2015 general election. This includes a look at what the Bible has to say about the topic and some pointers about how Christians should think about the topic. Also included is a quick run down of the main parties' policies and pledges.
With one of the worst economic recessions in living memory resulting in banks collapsing, companies folding and soaring unemployment it’s not surprising the economy has been a central focus for parliament, government and remains a key issue for voters. In the last five years we’ve watched closely as the Conservative-led government has navigated this challenging economic space. Over the last five years, despite rocky periods, the economy has picked up and is predicted to grow a respectable 2.8% this year. The financial services industry has improved and the banking sector has been recapitalised.
The topic of immigration is once again a political hot potato in the run-up to this year’s general election. Rarely completely out of the media and with the media often seeming to shape public opinion on the issue, each of the main UK parties – the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, Labour and UKIP - have set out their respective stalls, providing policies that explain how they will tackle what the media portrays as a simple but what is actually a complex problem.
The last combat troops have recently left Afghanistan after 13 years of warfare but with considerable instability in Syria and Iraq and the threat of Islamic State foreign affairs are highly relevant to the future of the United Kingdom. Traditionally issues of defence and foreign affairs have not featured significantly in UK elections although some would credit the high level of support received by the Liberal Democrats in 2010 to their opposition to the Iraq War.
Across the world around 1 billion people live on less than $1.25 a day – this is the global measure of extreme poverty. The good news is that this has more than halved over the past 25 years, the slightly more sobering aspect is that there are now around 2.8 billions who live on less than two dollars each day – still a crippling level of poverty. Over the past forty years the prominence of international development in political debates has significantly increased. One key feature to this shift has been the role of the church in campaigning for increased and better aid and drawing attention to the issues that affect the poorest across the world. The UK recently fulfilled its pledge to provide 0.7 per cent of GDP for overseas development assistance, and this threshold has now been enshrined in law.