Bishops condemn benefit cap

Eighteen Church of England bishops, backed by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, have attacked the coalition government’s welfare reforms, particularly the benefit cap set at £500-a-week. The bishop of Leeds and Ripon, Rt Revd John Packer is introducing a series of amendments to the welfare reform bill that is being debated in the House of Lords on Monday 21 November.

The text of their open letter to the Observer explaining the position of 18 bishops is at provides some background.

The Welfare Reform bill and information about its progress through Parliament can be found at