Bereavement support ‘isn’t enough’ says Portsmouth bishop

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THE ANGLICAN Bishop of Portsmouth has urged the government to be more compassionate on welfare reforms for families in crisis.

Speaking in the House of Lords he stated that the amendments to the regulations on welfare support being doubled to six months from three months for families coping with the bereavement of a parent, sibling or carer didn’t go far enough. The Rt Rev Christopher Foster said: ‘I know the sadness and the disorientation of bereavement and I hope the government would acknowledge more generously for this.’