MP calls for poverty talks with churches

MP Sir Alan Beith has urged the Prime Minister to discuss poverty-reducing methods with religious leaders.

At Prime Minister’s Questions last week, Sir Alan asked the Prime Minister about the role of church leaders in challenging governments about poverty.

Responding, David Cameron said: “I think my Rt Hon friend, who is a distinguished churchman himself, talks perfect sense. There is nothing moral about running up a huge deficit, about out-of-control welfare bills, and if we do not deal with these problems the whole country will be poorer.”

Speaking afterwards, Sir Alan referred to some of what the Government has achieved, such as tax cuts for lower-paid workers, but added: “Poverty in Britain persists through generations.

“It will not be ended by throwing money at an unreformed welfare system.”