Bishop of Durham ‘surprised’ by North-East poverty

UNEMPLOYED IN TYNE & WEAR

The North-East’s top churchman says he has been surprised at the depths of poverty within some areas of his new patch.

Speaking ahead of the first anniversary of his enthronement as Bishop of Durham this weekend , the Right Reverend Paul Butler said he had been aware there were “serious levels” of poverty in the region but he had been surprised by its “depths”.

Having spent much of his first year in the job touring the area and meeting its people, Bishop Butler said the economic recovery was beginning to reach the North-East but only slowly and there were still a “disturbing” number of people out of work.

He said some communities had still not fully recovered from the demise of coal mining, a discovery which had surprised and saddened him.

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