Bishops criticise planned changes to benefit system
THE Bishop of Grimsby was among others who signed an open letter criticising plans to change the benefit system.
Forty-three bishops nationwide, including the Right Reverend David Rossdale, wrote the letter to The Sunday Telegraph, saying the benefits cuts will have a "deeply disproportionate" effect on children.
The Government announced plans to limit rises in working-age benefits and some tax credits to 1 per cent for three years.
But the Department for Work and Pensions said changing the system will help get people "into work and out of poverty".
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The letter calls on politicians to "protect" children and families, and has been supported by the Archbishop of York, the Most Reverend John Sentamu, and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.
"Children and families are already being hit hard by cuts to support, including those to tax credits, maternity benefits and help with housing costs," it reads.
"They cannot afford this further hardship penalty. We are calling on the House of Lords to take action to protect children from the impact of this bill."
The letter is in support of a campaign by the Children's Society which it said has also received support from the Roman Catholic and Methodist Churches, the Baptist Union, the United Reform Church and the Evangelical Alliance.