Churches challenge government on child poverty
The UK government’s Child Poverty Strategy has been attacked by the Baptist Union of Great Britain, Methodist and United Reformed Churches, which say that it fails to provide a credible plan to tackle child poverty. CSAN, the social action arm of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, has urged the government to “tackle the growing scandal of child poverty in working households” and take steps to promote the living wage. The Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) has done an analysis of the statistics relating to children in poverty and, while the Government has claimed that it has reduced child poverty by 500,000, JPIT says that figures from the Institute for Fiscal Studies suggest that the estimated number of children in poverty has risen from 3.6 million in 2010 to 3.9 million today.
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Week of prayer for social action – Archbishop Justin and Cardinal Nichols
The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster have launched a joint initiative to encourage people to pray for the work churches do to support people in need during Lent. Visit Church of England
Bishop of Truro to lead inquiry into food banks and food poverty
An inquiry into food banks and food poverty, involving MPs and Peers from all parties, will focus on the underlying causes of food poverty and reasons for the growth in food banks. The Bishop of Truro, Rt Rev Tim Thornton, will co-chair the inquiry with Frank Field MP (Chair of the APPG on Hunger and Food Poverty). Visit Church of England
Food poverty in Britain a ‘national crisis’ say bishops and Church leaders
Twenty seven Anglican bishops and leaders from across the Methodist Church, United Reformed Church and the Quakers have written an open letter, published by the Mirror and widely reported across the media, calling on the government to “make sure that work pays” and to “ensure that the welfare system provides a robust last line of defence against hunger”. The letter is part of the End Hunger Fast campaign, a Lent fast in support of those going hungry in Britain, supported by the Trussell Trust, Church Action on Poverty and the Quakers.
Churches say Prime Minister wrong on number of workless households
Prime Minister David Cameron’s article in The Telegraph on 18 Feb 2014 claims that the number of workless households doubled over the last decade, when ONS data shows that they increased from 3.7 million in 1997 to 3.9 million in 2010, say the Church of Scotland, Baptist Union of Great Britain, Methodist Church, United Reformed Church and charity Housing Justice.
Government’s response to criticism of welfare reform misleading
The response of the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to Cardinal-designate Vincent Nichols’ criticism of welfare reform has come under fire from churches. The Baptist Union of Great Britain, Methodist Church and United Reformed Church say that the response is misleading and only shows a carefully selected ‘airbrushed’ picture of UK welfare reform.
Crucial role of food banks is a disgrace – Vincent Nichols
The basic safety net to guarantee that people are not left in hunger or destitution has been torn apart, said Cardinal-designate Vincent Nichols in an interview with The Telegraph. Visit Catholic Church in England and Wales
Recovery set to fail 1 in 5 workers – Living Wage Commission
The emerging economic recovery will have no effect on over 5 million workers unless employers pay a Living Wage, according to the first report of the Living Wage Commission, chaired by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu.
Churches called to speak out on the need for more housing
Housing Justice is calling for Churches to speak out about the need for more housing, in particular a critical national shortage of affordable housing.