An investigation is underway into the impact of the government's welfare reforms in Cumbria. The Bishop of Carlisle is chairing a commission looking into the issue. It's been taking evidence from a charity that helps homeless people in Kendal. Tim Backshall reports
The Bishop of Carlisle is to lead Cumbrian commission on welfare reform. The Rt Rev'd James Newcome will chair a county Commission which will review the impact of current and proposed Welfare Reforms.
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.
– Bishop James
The Commission has been established at the request of the Cumbria Leaders Board which is made up of key public and third sector leaders in the county. Evidence from charities, community organizations and individuals will be collected over the coming months.