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 […]
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:
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.
Homeless Sunday is a chance for churches and Christian groups to join together to pray, reflect and plan practical action on homelessness, as well as provide ‘a united Christian voice to offer solidarity and be a prophetic voice for change’. It is organised by Housing Justice and Scottish Churches Housing Action. Resources are available to […]
Churches have responded to features of the UK Budget announced on 22 November 2017, including changes to Universal Credit, initiatives for housing and rough sleeping, and funding for the NHS. Church of England ‘The Chancellor’s Budget has gone some way to deal with the immediate problems facing our economy, housing and NHS, but […]
Feeding back from the conference which took place in October 2017, this report explores how faith communities in post-industrial towns across Scotland are helping to build a Good Society through social action to tackle the effects of poverty. It includes details of two contrasting projects in the post-industrial towns of Arbroath and Port Glasgow, and […]
Church Action on Poverty’s annual conference on 18 November 2017, in Sheffield, provides the opportunity to hear how churches are listening to people in poverty and share ideas for how we can stand alongside those on the margins. The ‘Church of the Poor’ project explores how we can build what Pope Francis has called ‘a […]
Updated 23 October 2017. Churches and Christian organisations are campaigning to change Universal Credit, the UK government’s replacement for a number of welfare benefits including housing benefit, income support and child tax credits. Universal Credit is being introduced in stages across the UK. The UK government was defeated on 18 October 2017 as the House […]
Learn about plans for the End Hunger UK campaign in 2018 and how it plans to build cross-party support in Parliament for ending hunger in the UK. The conference will feature high-profile speakers, policy discussion and workshops to provide the skills needed to help build powerful local movements for food justice. Topics Who is responsible […]