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Archbishop of Canterbury condemns benefit cuts

Sun, 10/03/2013 - 19:26 -- nick

The new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has condemned benefit cuts.

Backing a letter from UK bishops which criticised the government's decision to increase working-age benefits by only 1% - a real-terms cut at a time when inflation is at 2.7% - he said that society had a duty to protect the "vulnerable and in need".

The bishops claimed that 200,000 more children would be pushed into poverty by the changes, and many will be the children of unemployed people.

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