Church leaders hold event on welfare cuts

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CHURCH leaders are today holding an event focusing on welfare cuts.

The event, in Easington Lane, is being staged by the ecumenical Faith In Our Community organisation.

Called Am I My Brother’s Keeper?, it looks at the changes to welfare benefits implemented by the government.

Church leaders say the moves are likely to have a significant effect on people they work with in social action projects.

The event looks at the cuts from a Christian perspective, informing delegates about the changes, looking at many of the myths surrounding them and considering how churches/projects can respond in practical ways.

It runs until 1pm at Central Point Methodist Community Hall, Brickgarth, Easington Lane.

The guest speaker is The Rev Dr Philip Bee, chief officer of Churches’ Regional Commission for Yorkshire and Humber, whose report, Am I My Brother’s Keeper? – a Christian View of Welfare Reform, argued that churches cannot be disinterested bystanders to what is happening.