The Church in Wales has approved a motion to ‘call upon the Welsh Government to do all that it can to minimise the impact of poverty, austerity and recession on the people of Wales’. The motion on poverty also welcomed the Churches’ Mutual Credit Union, which was launched earlier this year, the Church’s progress towards becoming a Fair Trade Province and its revised ethical investment policy.
The Church in Wales says it is seeing families and communities facing increasingly uncertain futures as services and projects shut down, people lose their jobs and harsh policies erode their dignity and sense of worth. It warns that families are struggling to feed their children due to gaps in social services.
However, churches are responding to poverty by setting up services to help people in need such as foodbanks, credit unions, night shelters and job clubs.
You can read the full report on the Church in Wales website.