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Moral, But No Compass

Moral, But No Compass

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Moral, But No Compass is a major study for the Church of England, drawing on hundreds of interviews and survey questionnaires, describing the setting in which the Labour Party’s welfare and related voluntary sector policies often were experienced as “discriminatory”, inadequately rooted in evidence and at risk of failing the faith communities. The government is “moral, with no compass” and needs to recover a principled approach to public service reform grounded in gift, covenant, advocacy and justice.

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Dimensions: 23.5x17x0.9
ISBN: 978-1898366911
Category: Rejoice

 
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Government, Church and the Future of Welfare

FRANCIS DAVIS ELIZABETH PAULHUS AND ANDREW BRADSTOCK VON HÜGEL INSTITUTE, ST EDMUND’S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE

In the heyday of Thatcherism the Church of England and the Conservative government of the day locked horns over the principles, policies, and strategic direction of the welfare state. The ensuing public debate, fraught with emotion, led to fundamental shifts in the political climate, not least with regard to the poorest members of UK society.

Moral, But No Compass is a major study for the Church of England, drawing on hundreds of interviews and survey questionnaires, describing the setting in which the Labour Party’s welfare and related voluntary sector policies often were experienced as “discriminatory”, inadequately rooted in evidence and at risk of failing the faith communities. The government is “moral, with no compass” and needs to recover a principled approach to public service reform grounded in gift, covenant, advocacy and justice.

Such an approach also demands a richer appreciation of the “civic value” added to the life, identity and health of the nation by Christian institutions in partnership with the whole realm of civil society. The Church too must adapt to the changing times, overcoming its (mistaken) perception that it is well understood by society. If the crisis of evidence and conversation can be repaired, the Church is in a position, should it so wish, to engage in even more extensive social entrepreneurship, community activism and public advocacy.

The report covers:
• Historical background of welfare;
• Critical assessment of the Labour and Conservative Party’s policy positions at the time;
• The failures of third sector evidence and policy design in Government and at the Charity Commission;
• Analysis of the assets and membership of social voices, both secular and faith-based;
• Data on the capability and potential of Anglican dioceses as social incubators;
• Insights into the role of cathedrals as civic actors and economic hubs;
• Information on the civic contribution of bishops.
• The Church’s view of principles needed by Government for ethical commissioning, as well as its reservations about the present funding regime.

Weight: 0.295 kg
Dimensions: 235 × 170 × 9 mm



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