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Bishop hears welfare reforms affecting most vulnerable in Kendal

The Bishop of Carlisle listens to evidence at Manna House in Kendal Credit: ITV News

The Bishop of Carlisle is visiting the homeless charity, Manna House, in Kendal to hear evidence about how the government's welfare reforms are affecting some of the most vulnerable in society.

He's leading a commission looking into the issue around Cumbria.

Over the next few weeks it will visit a number of charities, community groups and individuals.

A number of the people who go to Manna House for help and advice have told ITV Border that the government's welfare changes are affecting them badly.

The Bishop of Carlisle listens to evidence at Manna House in Kendal Credit: ITV News

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Hearings to take place across the county

The Commission has been established at the request of the Cumbria Leaders Board. Evidence from charities, community organisations and individuals will be collected over the coming months.

Bishop James, who is the Church of England's lead bishop on healthcare, said:

This is a vitally important body of work and one which I'm sure will demonstrate directly the frontline impact of welfare reforms.

It's our Christian duty to ensure all in society are cared for and protected and that any reforms do not unfairly penalise people.

I would urge anyone who has concerns to register those with the Commission through the proper channels. This will allow us to feed back to the relevant authorities all of our findings."

– The Rt Rev'd James Newcome

As part of the Commission's schedule four special hearings are to take place across Cumbria to enable people to give evidence.

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