How has austerity affected Christian engagement with poverty and what are the theological motivations which underpin it? Church Action on Poverty is partnering with universities in a major new three year research project to explore this question. The organisation says it is the first evidence-led academic theological analysis of the impact that austerity has had […]
Economics and Poverty
We are still feeling the effects of the 2007-8 financial crisis with the current austerity programme resulting in cuts to public spending and benefits.
The churches have spoken both individually and collectively against public policy which results in an increase in hardship for those in society who are less well off, often through no fault of their own.
Christian organisations and campaigns
Here we list the ways churches and Christian organisations are responding to the current economic situation in the areas of:
In a press conference and written report, Professor Philip Alston, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, has pulled no punches in his assessment of the UK’s treatment of those in poverty. 14 million people, a fifth of the population, live in poverty, with four million of these more than 50% below […]
Church Action on Poverty has produced a series of five Bible studies challenging us to get alongside people who are on the margins of our own society – and to speak out for justice. The studies can be used for personal reflection and study, or in a house group or Bible study group. Church Action […]
This year’s theme is Different Light – tackling the root causes of UK poverty requires us to explore new perspectives: on poverty and exclusion; on our faith and scripture; and on how our churches work in our poorest communities. Join Church Action on Poverty in Manchester to: Explore how Church Action on Poverty’s work transforms […]
The issue Last Sunday was Homeless Sunday across England, Scotland and Wales and the bishops of Ireland have issued a letter calling on the government of the Republic of Ireland to do more to address the country’s homelessness crisis. With homelessness an enduring problem across the Four Nations, this Weekly Focus takes its prayer and […]
Housing Justice and Scottish Churches Housing Action have moved Homeless Sunday to October with the next event taking place on 7 October 2018. The change in date reflects feedback from Church leaders and congregations and the growing number of churches involved in hosting Church and community night shelter projects. Most shelter projects tend to open […]
An updated briefing on the UK Government’s Universal Credit (UC) system has been produced by the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT), representing the Baptist Union of Great Britain, Church of Scotland, Methodist Church and United Reformed Church (URC). JPIT says it is ‘concerned that the design of Universal Credit does not sufficiently take into account […]
The issue Crisis has launched a plan to end homelessness in Great Britain, called Everybody In, endorsed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. The charity says rough sleeping levels in England have increased by 132% since 2010 and by 16% since 2015, and 58,000 households were accepted by local authorities as homeless in 2015/16, […]
Over 1.5 million people were destitute in the UK in 2017 says a new report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF). This week we continue exploring what the Bible teaches about poverty, again based around our 2014 Lent course. Churches have a special interest in speaking about poverty – the Bible teaches us that the voices of the vulnerable and underprivileged must be heard by the rich and powerful.
‘What does a church of the poor look like?’ This question was asked recently by Church Action on Poverty. The phrase originates from Pope Francis, who said he wanted ‘a poor Church, for the poor’. In this Weekly Focus, based around our 2014 Lent course, Parables and possessions, we encourage you to consider how being poor in Britain and Ireland in the 21st century invites more ridicule than sympathy.