Bishop Queries Cuts

by Michael Ford last modified 21 Feb, 2011 11:14 AM

The Bishop of Sherborne, Dr Graham Kings, sent a letter to all members of Dorset County Council on Wednesday (16 February), querying proposed cuts in social provision.

Bishop Queries Cuts

The Bishop of Sherborne, Dr Graham Kings

Mentioning projects such as Waves, a youth support service based in Weymouth, and Nightstop, which provides emergency short-term shelter for homeless young people in Dorset, Dr Kings requested that the council re-examine its priorities, in order to protect the most vulnerable members of society.

In his letter, he said: “It is clear that the Council will not have available to it all of the resources and funding that might be desirable, so cuts and savings must be made. The question that remains is about how those cuts will fall; what values will inform the discussion in this difficult debate? What sort of Dorset do we want to see for the future? Who will benefit, and who will be the losers after tomorrow’s debate?”

Former Children’s Commissioner Sir Al Aynsley-Green, also campaigning against the cuts, said, “I very much welcome and support the content of Bishop Graham’s letter and I applaud him for his courage in standing up and speaking out. This is exactly the kind of leadership that should be coming from our senior clergy.”

See a copy of the text here

Michael Ford
Communications Co-ordinator, Diocese of Salisbury
01722 438651,

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