Author Archives: James Somerville-Meikle

Catholics call for answers on rough sleeping plan

The Catholic Union and church groups in London have warned of a rough sleeping crisis, unless the Government acts soon.

Around 15,000 people across the country have been housed by local authorities since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. This has been made possible by extra funding from the Government to provide accommodation for rough sleepers in empty hotels and hostels as part of the “everyone in” scheme. This includes 1,400 people in London.

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It’s time to end the “family tax”

The Catholic Union has called on the Government to scrap the two-child limit for childcare support for those on low incomes and the unemployed.

The policy, introduced in 2017, limits the childcare element of Universal Credit and Tax Credits to two children per household. The policy was widely criticised by faith groups at the time, on the grounds that it discriminates against larger families.

The Catholic Union has written to the Chancellor to call for the policy to be scrapped in light of the coronavirus outbreak and the huge financial pressures faced by families across the country.

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Care homes must not become “shadows in our communities”

The Catholic Union has called on the Government to give greater support to people who live and work in care homes.

The number of deaths from coronavirus among care home residents has reduced, but it is still a high proportion of the total number of deaths.

In a letter to Care Minister, Helen Whately MP, the Catholic Union urged the Government to uphold the dignity of older people during the coronavirus and recognise the profound importance of care work to society.

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