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David Cameron has defended the government's welfare changes in the face of criticism from the head of the Roman Catholic church in England and Wales, insisting they were part of his "moral mission" for the country.

The prime minister said claims by the archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, that recent changes to the benefits system had left many people facing hunger and destitution were "simply not true".

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Cameron said the changes were not just about "making the numbers add up", but were intended to bring new hope to people who had previously been written off by the system.

"Our long-term economic plan for Britain is not just about doing what we can afford, it is also about doing what is right," he wrote. "Nowhere is that more true than in welfare. For me the moral case for welfare reform is every bit as important as making the numbers add up."

Cameron said that while the church was entitled to speak out on political issues, he did not accept the archbishop's claim that the system was becoming increasingly punitive and that the situation in which many people now found themselves was "a disgrace".

Read the full story in The Guardian


0 #9 Seth Laa 2014-02-25 23:35
I reckon that Cameron hates the benefit cuts as much as what we do (yeh, honestly) but needs to snuggle up and agree with IDS cos he aint got many friends left
0 #8 jony 2014-02-23 21:54
Disgraceful, I would like Mr Cameron to wear my shoes for one day, I look after my severely disabled wife 24/7 with no help or rest and will do to my last breath because all of us have something he lacks caring and humility, I can't forget when he left his baby under a picnic table in a pub garden and made a joke of it, they will not stop until we have no rights and have to thank them for a job like third world country's, no unions and a dived class led united kingdom.
+1 #7 Eliza1091 2014-02-20 15:41
So Cameron calls it a "moral" mission -- is this a shift from economic necessity? Perhaps he means we have a choice, and we could, after all, afford to stop persecuting the poor? Interested to see his trusty side-kick George, he of the Treasury, setting off on the 5:2 fast diet. Just think how that's going to put him in touch, twice a week, with the "moral" effects of current welfare policy, by going genuinely hungry...
+1 #6 Frogman9 2014-02-20 12:03
Another case of do as I say not as I do...if I remember correctly this multi millionaire claimed every thing going when he had a disabled child...you think it would have given him some outlook into how people with disabled children have to cope but obviously not.
+5 #5 shimtoan 2014-02-19 19:04
his haircuts cost £90 a time and he's harping on about morals?
+5 #4 grumpyrat 2014-02-19 18:17
What a complete and total illegitimate man.
+6 #3 Rosemary Rowett 2014-02-19 17:25
I read this and put it on Facebook as an unbelievable comment from DC. I have never known a PM as out of touch with the people as this one. It is quite scary. Archbishop Nichols has his finger on the pulse here. I hope he continues to speak out.
+7 #2 bobingalong 2014-02-19 17:19
I find myself being more and more disgusted by the tories, the way they use the language to write a story to give them the moral high ground but in reality they are more cruel than my worst nightmares.
+7 #1 kefkat 2014-02-19 14:00
So why then, would Mr Cameron like to tell us, do we have all these food banks
that are needed? What a load of rubbish.

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