14/03/2017

Bishop Paul's Presidential Address to Diocesan Synod - March 2017

Bishop Paul reflects on the life of the church and the region before looking at diocesan strategy in his address to synod

In Bishop Paul's Presidential Address he adressed three episodes in the life of the church and the region over the past three weeks, before talking about our continued work on our grwoth strategy.
 
He covered the General Synod debate on the House of Bishops’ report on marriage and same-sex relationships, the events surrounding the nomination of Bishop Philip North to the See
of Sheffield and his subsequent withdrawal of that nomination, And the launch of Liverpool City Council’s Welfare Reform Cumulative Impact Analysis.
Watch it here
Liverpool City Council Cumulative Impact Assessment
Alongside Mayor Joe Anderson, Bishop Paul launched this ground breaking report which showed  the most vulnerable in Liverpool have been hit by multiple changes and it is costing millions of pounds in crisis payments and support.
 
Liverpool has become the first local authority in the country to carry out a Cumulative Impact Assessment to examine the impact of more than 20 changes on its own residents. Through it they aim to  identify those most affected and ensure the city and its partners are providing high quality benefits, debt and budgeting advice and support

Speaking ahead of the launch Bishop Paul said:- This report provides a statistical analysis of that measure and it makes hard reading. 
 
“It does not surprise me that the brunt of cutbacks and difficulties are shouldered by those in poverty, the long term sick and the disabled, nor that people face double and triple whammies as the different cuts strike them over and over. It does not surprise me; but it angers me.  It angers me that we allow this to happen repeatedly to our sisters and brothers, to our children, to our neighbours. It angers me that our hard-working local politicians are forced to make heart-breaking, difficult decisions over where best to spend their very limited resources.  It angers me that central government seems not to recognise both the injustice and impracticality of their funding regime.
 
“I don’t want to see a society where our children starve, where our fellow citizens are punished for being disabled, sick and in need.  In today’s world, in today’s Britain we should be investing in support for people. We should not punish, attack and demonise the very people who need our help most.
 
“I am most grateful for the work of the officers of our city council in producing this excellent report. A single resource cut on its own is bad enough. But when we look at the whole picture it becomes catastrophic. We need to change. We are and could be a better society than this.”

Download the report here