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 […]
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 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.
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 […]