Don’t forget Iain Duncan Smith this Christmas
04 December 2015
UK Churches are encouraging people to add Iain Duncan
Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, to their Christmas
card list and include a personal greeting asking the minister to
ensure that every family and child has enough this
Paul Morrison, Policy Adviser for the Methodist Church, said:
"The One More Card Campaign is an initiative by the Baptist Union,
the Methodist Church, United Reformed Church and the Church of
Scotland. The campaign will show care both for the families
affected by the changes to the benefit system and also towards
those who run the system reflecting the important job they do.
"No-one should grow up in a family that does not have enough to
afford the basics of life. It is a message that has particular
resonance at Christmas and I am sure shared by people in and out of
A number of UK faiths and churches have joined together to
highlight the fact that measures contained within the Welfare
Reform and Work Bill will break the historic link between the
support that is offered to a family by the benefit system and the
family's actual needs.
The two child rule means that families with three or more
children will receive the same support from Tax Credits or
Universal Credit as a family with two children. The needs of the
family will increase but the support offered will not.
The ruling means the link between earnings and the benefit cap
will be broken. The maximum level of benefits a family can receive
will not reflect the needs of the family.
Paul Morrison continued: "One More Card forms part of the
Enough Campaign supported by many UK Churches. These campaigns have
a simple message; a family's material needs, especially the needs
of children, should be met were possible. This is a principle
central to the benefit system and which the Welfare Reform and Work
Bill currently before Parliament is proposing to change."
1 For more information on the One More Card Campaign
2 To read the joint faith briefing on the two child limit
3 The One More Card and Enough Campaigns have been created
by theJoint Public Issues Team (JPIT). The team combines the
expertise of the Baptist Union, the Methodist Church and the United
Reformed Church in the area of public issues. In March 2015, the
Church of Scotland joined JPIT for a one year pilot partnership.
The Team aims to enable our four Churches to work together in
living out the gospel of Christ in the Church and in wider society.
We aim to promote equality and justice by influencing those in
power and by energising and supporting local congregations.
Further information on the Joint Pubic Issues Team can be found
4 Paul Morrison is available for interview - contact Mike
Ivatt via email firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0207 467 5191
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