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Poverty is about more than not having enough money, so when strategies for reforming welfare are put forward they need to improve wellbeing as well as reduce the financial burden on the state. When more people get jobs, then that is good in many ways, not just easing the strain on the government’s budget.

In a time of particular financial pressure there are not that many jobs available and house prices still seem out of reach for a lot of people. But these aren’t the only social issues we should be concerned about. The Evangelical Alliance has consistently campaigned for restrictions on gambling that help stop people from becoming addicted. We are also interested in how communities and government can counter the damage that alcohol often causes.