The Church of Ireland Board for Social Theology has issued the following statement relating to current economic circumstances.
“Alongside the people of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, the Board for Social Theology recognises that the Comprehensive Spending Review from the Chancellor of the Exchequer in London and the imminent Dublin Budget will lead to difficult times in the years ahead. The cuts to both benefits and public sector jobs will inevitably impact on lifestyles and have costs at a human level.
“The Board for Social Theology calls on members of the Church of Ireland and the wider community, North and South, to remain committed to the Christian principles that underpin society at its best. We affirm the life-giving value of relational living, which has always been a premium in Irish society.
“In the run-up to Christmas, we encourage all people to remember the value of living within our own means and of taking a responsible approach to the season. We ask people to remain faithful to charitable giving – conscious of those in the world, at home and abroad, who have less than nothing.
“We call on society at large and particularly decision makers in Dublin, Belfast and London, to remain committed to protecting the most vulnerable in our society.”