Church leaders in County Durham will stage an event focusing on the impact of welfare cuts, on Tuesday (April 30). The event in Easington Lane will be staged by the ecumenical Faith In Our Community organisation, whose members include representatives of various churches and is backed by the Church of England Diocese of Durham. Entitled ‘Am I My Brother’s Keeper?’, it will focus on the changes to welfare benefits being implemented by the Coalition Government, which are likely to have a significant effect on many of the people that churches work with through their social action projects. The event will look at the cuts from a Christian perspective, informing delegates about the changes, looking at many of the ‘myths’ surrounding them and considering how churches/projects can respond in practical ways. The event will be held at Central Point Methodist Community Hall, Brickgarth, Easington Lane, and the guest speaker is Rev Dr Philip Bee, chief officer of Churches’ Regional Commission for Yorkshire and Humber, whose recently-published report ‘Am I My Brother’s Keeper – a Christian View of Welfare Reform’ argued that churches cannot be disinterested bystanders to what is happening. The event runs between 9.30am and 1pm.