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UK news in brief

24 April 2015

Diocese of Yorkshire & the Dales

Pilgrims: four priests are among 12 motorbikers from the diocese of West York­shire & the Dales embark­ing on a five-day "pilgrimage" journey from Yorkshire to the Scottish island of Iona

Pilgrims: four priests are among 12 motorbikers from the diocese of West York­shire & the Dales embark­ing on a five-day "pilgrimage" journ...

Bishop of Durham responds to safeguarding warning

THE Church of England is doing all it can to ensure that churches are not a "soft touch" for predatory paedophiles, the Bishop of Durham, the Rt Revd Paul Butler, has said. The head of the Churches' Child Protection Advisory Service had said that sex offenders often sought out "naïve" churches to continue offending. Writing to The Daily Telegraph in response, Bishop Butler said that new training, guidelines, and risk assessments to protect children were under way, and that the Church was committed to putting more money into safeguarding, nationally and at diocesan level. In Eastbourne, a former priest, Jonathan Graves, has been charged with indecent assaults against a boy aged between 11 to 13, between 1987 and 1990, as well as other indecent assaults against adult women, and child cruelty. He previously worked at St Luke's, in Stone Cross, in the diocese of Chichester. Police said that there was no suggestion that anyone was currently at risk. 

Sentamu: Don't hire employees 'at the cheapest price'

PAYING the Living Wage is one of the most powerful ways a company can demonstrate its "social purpose", the Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, has said. Writing in the i newspaper, Dr Sentamu said that employees should not be "bought at the cheapest price", but paid a fair wage so that they could realise their potential and not need foodbanks or benefits to survive.

Psychologists warn against austerity cuts

PSYCHOLOGISTS opposed to the Government's austerity programme have organised a week of action to raise awareness of the impact spending cuts are having on mental health. Psychologists Against Austerity (News, 27 March) said that the week of petitions, online activism, and lobbying parliamentary candidates, which concludes on Sunday, was driven by "professional duty" to tell the public how they believed the cuts were damaging the nation's mental health.

CCT recognised in EU prize-giving

THE Churches Conservation Trust has won an award at the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards. The prize designates 28 winners across 29 countries, and this year chose five winners in the UK. Since its establishment in 1969, the Trust has saved 347 listed church buildings which now attract almost two million visitors a year. 

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