Andy Walton looks at whether there is a "Religious Right" emerging in Britain
Faith, Hope and Charity: Is the Church Addicted to the Welfare State?
24th November 2011
Phillip Booth (Cass Business School/Institute of Economic Affairs), Gavin Shuker (Member of Parliament for Luton South), the Rt Rev Tim Stevens (Bishop of Leicester) and Jill Kirby (writer, policy analyst and former Director of the Centre for Policy Studies) debated the relationship between the church and the welfare state at an event in Parliament on Thursday 17 November.
The event in Portcullis was chaired by BBC journalist Edward Stourton, and prompted a lively debate on whether the churches mandate to care for the poor could be met through supporting a stronger welfare state.
A podcast of the event can be found here.