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 […]
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:
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.
Updated: 17 May 2018. Below you will find some of the Christian and Church organisations and campaigns aimed at helping alleviate poverty in Britain and Ireland: Church Action on Poverty Church Action on Poverty is a national ecumenical Christian social justice charity, committed to tackling poverty in the UK. It works in partnership with churches and people in […]
The issue Latest figures from the Trussell Trust show that foodbank use in the UK has increased 13% over last year, with the organisation having distributed 1.3 million three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis. Over 480,000 of these went to children. According to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation two thirds of working-age adults […]
Churches are invited to hold a collection or soup lunch and use the worship materials, available to download, to reflect and pray for change on Church Action on Poverty Sunday, 11 February 2018. The day highlights Church Action on Poverty’s work aimed at listening to voices from the margins and making them heard, so that things can […]
With the latest figures showing an increase in rough sleeping across Wales, the Archbishop of Wales, John Davies, is calling for a joint response to tackle the causes of homelessness. Figures released by the Welsh Government on 1 Feb 2018 show an increase of 33% on a single night in October 2017 and a 10% increase […]
Following on from Homeless Sunday, which highlighted the fact that homelessness in England is rapidly rising, our Weekly Focus explores home and homelessness. This week’s prayer and reflection comes from the Dispossession Project, an interactive project from the Mission Theology Advisory Group (MTAG) that explores what ‘home’ means.
This Weekly Focus comes from the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018. Material originated by the Caribbean churches looks at how the Church is called to hear the voice of the poor, that is often silenced, but the disunity of the Church hinders this prophetic voice.