Faith communities in post-industrial towns across Scotland are delivering social action to tackle the effects of poverty and to try to create a Good Society. Many of these projects are dealing with ever-growing need and are stretched thin. Everyone is aware of the effects of poverty in big cities, but less attention is paid to […]
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:
Campaign group End Hunger in the UK, which includes Church Action on Poverty, is encouraging supporters to email their MP to support the Holiday Food Provision Bill which is being presented to the Houses of Parliament on 5 September 2017. Over 100 MPs have already declared their support, but more are needed. While many children from low-income […]
The Give Me Five campaign, asking the Scottish Government to increase child benefit by £5 a week per person, officially launched at the Conforti Institute in Coatbridge on 30 August 2017. Backed by the Church of Scotland, Bishop William Nolan of the Catholic Church’s Justice and Peace Commission and organisations such as the Child Poverty Action Group […]
The Housing White Paper released by the UK Government in February 2017 provides a stark acknowledgement that the housing market is ‘broken’ says Housing Justice. ‘Many of the problems are ones we, and others in the industry more widely, have highlighted before, and it is encouraging that the government recognises this. We don’t build enough […]
Six Bible studies exploring issues around Britain’s housing crisis, for small group discussion, have been produced by four churches in collaboration with Housing Justice and Scottish Churches Housing Action. A place to call home? has been created by the Baptist Union of Great Britain, Church of Scotland, Methodist Church in Britain and the United Reformed […]
The Catholic Church in England and Wales, and in Scotland, have joined the Churches’ Mutual Credit Union (CMCU). The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said: ‘I am delighted that the Catholic Church in England and Wales and in Scotland is now under the Churches’ Mutual Credit Union umbrella, this marks a huge step forward in […]
Updated 2 February 2017. Churches and Christian organisations have been concerned for years about growing levels of personal debt and the disproportional effect this has on the poor in various ways. The following linked resources may be useful to find out more about debt. Just Finance Foundation This is the Archbishop of Canterbury’s initiative to […]
Homeless Sunday, a partnership between Housing Justice in England and Wales, and Scottish Churches Housing Action in Scotland, is an opportunity for Christians to pray for those in their own community who are homeless, consider practical steps they could take and voice their own concern about the scandal of homeless. In 2017, there will be a […]
The Chancellor’s small but welcome change to Universal Credit Taper rates won’t offset the huge impact of the benefits freeze, cuts to the Universal Credit Work Allowance and the expected rise in inflation, says the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT). JPIT says the Universal Credit give away is expected to give back to low income families £0.7Bn, […]
This year’s Church Action on Poverty Sunday will be on 26 February in 2017. This corresponds with ‘Transfiguration Sunday’ in many churches marking the Transfiguration of Jesus. On Church Action on Poverty Sunday 2017, you are invited to help transform and transfigure the Church. Pope Francis and other church leaders have called on Christians to […]