Society and the Economy
The Archbishop believes strongly that every man and woman is made in God's image and each is of equal worth in His sight – and that the structures of society should therefore be for the benefit of everyone.
In 2010 the Archbishop set up a Symposium to look at the social and economic effects facing the country. In this section you can read the initial reports that came from that Symposium.
In 2011, the Archbishop sponsored a new independent advisory body to examine matters of social justice in York. “The Fairness Commission” was tasked to prepare a report which will help inform the City of York Council on issues of fairness in preparation of the Council’s spending priorities review for 2012-2014. Following extensive consultation and assessment of evidence, the Fairness Commission made seven headline recommendations in its report, including to make York a Living Wage City. The Commission hopes these recommendations will be adopted by City of York Council and they will make a significant and long term impact on fairness in the city.
The Archbishop has also spoken out about the Government plans for a “Big Society” and the effects public sector cuts could have on the nation. He has called for greater investment and support for public services and for those facing redundancy.
The Church is acting in many practical ways to support those in need. One of these practical projects is the Archbishop’s own charity Acts 435 – an online resource where people with money can help give to those with specific need.
The Archbishop has also talked about the need to regain a vision for Great Britain and the danger of abandoning the “common good”.