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December 2012

Churches urge Government to show respect for the poorest
Three of Britain's churches have urged Chancellor George Osborne to show respect for the poorest in his Autumn Statement on 5 December.
Methodist Church in Britain link to external website 

November 2012

Church of England synod backs the Living Wage
The Church of England General Synod has backed the Living Wage
CAP news release November 2012 - CofE backs Living Wage

Catholic Church endorses Living Wage ahead of C of E debate
The Catholic bishops of England and Wales committed Catholic institutions to implementing the Living Wage ahead of a debate by the Church of England's General Synod on 21 November on whether to endorse the principle.
CAP news release November 2012 - Living Wage
Catholic Church in England and Wales link to external website
Church of England link to external website

October 2012

Church Army becomes Living Wage employer
The Church Army has been accredited as a Living Wage Employer
Church Army link to external website

September 20102 

Kindle a Flame for Church Action on Poverty
Hold an event to celebrate 30 years of Church Action on Poverty
Church Action on Poverty link to external website

March 2012

Church calls for 'living wage' for all Scots
The Church of Scotland has called for the introduction of a living wage for all workers as MSPs prepare to debate the issue.
Church of Scotland link to external website

February 2012

Use economic activity to put poor first says Church of Scotland
A new Church of Scotland report will call for a radical reassessment of the purposes of economic activity which puts the interests of the poor first.
Church of Scotland link to external website

December 2011

Homelessness kills and the world is walking on by
On average a homeless person dies 30-years before their neighbours and while that statistic is shocking it is no surprise, writes Rev Ian Galloway, Convener of the Kirk's Church and Society Council.
Church of Scotland link to external website

Methodist Church calls for more investment in young people
Methodist Church has welcomed the Government's ‘Positive for Youth' report, but has called for greater financial investment in youth services.
Methodist Church link to external website

Quaker Tax Justice petition
Quakers in Britain, as members of the ‘Close the Gap Campaign', have called for greater tax justice in a letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Quakers in Britain  link to external website

October 2011

Quakers oppose unfair Government cuts
Quakers in Britain have listened to people who fear being affected by the Government's proposed cuts in benefits, and to the leader of a London borough council committed to working through a Fairness Commission, and have decided to object to unfair Government cuts.
Quakers in Britain link to external website

May 2011

FTSE 100 companies must adopt Living Wage, say Methodists
A campaign to lobby FTSE 100 companies to adopt the Living Wage has been backed by the Methodist Church and its Central Finance Board.
Methodist Church link to external website

April 2011

Calls for cultural change in tackling Scotland's poverty
Scotland's Poverty Truth Commission has highlighted the need for a radical cultural change if poverty in Scotland is to be tackled effectively. Its report calls "on people living in poverty to be involved in shaping and delivering anti-poverty policy."
Church of Scotland link to external website

Methodist Council discusses the Big Society
Members heard that while the Government is speaking of the Big Society, the poorest in society are those who are losing out most from public spending cuts.
Methodist Church link to external website

Child poverty strategy should focus on income, says Church of England
The Church of England has expressed concern that the Government's child poverty strategy unveiled last week will not help the deprived children of today and has called for a renewed focus on household income.
Church of England link to external website

The Living Wage and the role of the Church - workshop London 24 May
Workshop organised by Church Action on Poverty and the Church Urban Fund aims to "gather, inspire and challenge church leaders and others to promote the Living Wage in their own churches and in the wider community."
Church Action on Poverty link to external website

March 2011

URC general secretary speaks out for justice at March for the Alternative
Revd Roberta Rominger, general secretary of the United reformed Church, spoke at the March for the Alternative saying that there are alternatives to the government's chosen approach.
United Reformed Church link to external website

Budget ignores the plight of the poorest
The Budget announced on 23 March 2011 will do nothing to help the poor and vulnerable people who are about to suffer the worst effects of the Government's programme of cuts, says Church Action on Poverty.
Church Action on Poverty link to external website

Live on £1 a day for a week in May
The Methodist Relief and Development Fund (MRDF) is challenging people throughout the UK to ‘live below the line' - and spend just £1 a day on food and drink for a working week. 
Watch the video on Churches Together Connect link to external website

VCT Skills provides resource for action on homelessness
Scottish Churches Housing Action has launched a skills programme for volunteering, consultancy and training to build the capacity of communities, churches and other organisations to respond to Scotland's crisis of homelessness.
Scottish Churches Housing Action link to external website

February 2011

Church appalled by 'absurd' plans to sideline homeless in Westminster
The Methodist Church has condemned plans by Westminster City Council to ban rough sleeping and soup runs for the homeless as 'disgusting' and 'absurd'.
Methodist Church link to external website

October 2010

The Big Society and public spending cuts - Archbishop expresses concerns
Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, commented on the Government's comprehensive spending review in the Yorkshire Post and The Sun newspapers.
Archbishop of York link to external website

Methodists will judge spending cuts on how they affect the most vulnerable
Addressing a rally organised by the Trade Union Congress, Revd Alison Tomlin, President of the Methodist Conference, raised concerns that spending cuts will hit the poor hardest.
The Methodist Church link to external website

The Wholly Living report - what constitutes human flourishing?
CAFOD has produced a report with Tearfund and the Theos theological thinktank aiming to create public debate about traditional development indicators and to explore a new framework for UK policy.
CAFOD (PDF) link to external website

Positive Impact Investment: Too Good to Be True?
Open debate by the Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility (ECCR). Can positive impact investment help meet the social and environmental challenges that humanity faces while still generating sound financial returns?
Thursday 18 November 2010, 4.30-6.15 pm
Methodist Church House, London NW1 5JR
ECCR link to external website

November 2009

Download resources for Poverty & Homelessness Action Week 2010
Download free resources to help reflect on the theme of Enough for all, run a church service or event to mark the week.
Poverty & Homelessness Action Week 2010 link to external website

October 2009

Leadership in the financial sector: a moral and spiritual challenge?
A private seminar, organised by Archbishop Vincent Nichols, was held at Schroders Bank to explore the relevance of the Pope's encyclical on social teaching, Caritas in Veritate, for the financial sector.
Catholic Church in England and Wales link to external website

September 2009

Christians and Muslims urged to work together to combat poverty
As we approach the end of the Islamic feast of Ramadan, Christians and Muslims are being encouraged by the Vatican's Interreligious Dialogue office to unite to combat poverty.
Catholic Church in England and Wales link to external website

The Future of Banking: Ethical and Sustainable?
19 November 2009, London
Open debate organised by Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility, with a panel chaired by Lord Harries of Pentregarth (former Bishop of Oxford) and speakers from Platform/BankTrack, Triodos Bank, the Church Investors Group (invited) and a high-street bank (invited).
ECCR link to external website

July 2009

Climate change and tax justice training day
Christian Aid event explaining how to prevent catastrophic climate change and ways to change the international tax system that takes money from poor countries. 10am - 4pm, 12 September 2009, Augustine United Church, Edinburgh, EH1 1EL.
Christian Aid, Glasgow email

ECCR's quarterly bulletin reports on Dublin conference
The latest quarterly bulletin from the Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility (ECCR) includes a report from its conference in Dublin - Companies, Communities and Religious Investors - which explored theological and moral aspects of the impact of business on human communities and the natural world, and the contribution of religious investors to corporate responsibility.
ECCR Bulletin link to external website

June 2009

Churches speak together on International Development 
The economic crisis may well reverse some of the development progress achieved in the past few years, say the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church, Quaker Peace & Social Witness and the United Reformed Church.
Response to the Department of International Development (DFID) consultation document (PDF) link to external website 

April 2009

Online Bible verses give hope to hopeless in current financial situation
Words of hope and specially selected Bible verses have been added to the Church of England's Matter of Life and Debt online initiative
Church of England link to external website

March 2009

G20 leaders must not forget promises to the poor
Religious leaders in Britain urged the G20 leaders not to forget their commitments to the world's poorest people in the current economic crisis.
Catholic Communications Network link to external website

Christian Muslim Forum - Faith in Finance seminar
Muslims and Christians met to discuss the global credit crisis at St Ethelburga's centre for Reconciliation and Peace.
Christian-Muslim Forum link to external website

Archbishop of Canterbury lectures on Ethics, Economics, and Global Justice
The Archbishop of Canterbury called for patience and trust to be re-established in economic processes, and for governments to resist the lure of protectionism which prejudices the growth of developing economies, during a lecture in cardiff.
Archbishop of Canterbury link to external website

Scotland's first Poverty Truth Commission
Aims to bring together those who know and understand the struggle against poverty in their lives and those who have the power and influence to change Scotland for the better. Sponsored by the Church of Scotland Priority Areas and Faith in Community Scotland. 21 March 2009, 2-5pm at Glasgow City Chambers, George Square, Glasgow G1 1RX.
Poverty Truth Commission link to external website

February 2009

Recession may be the jolt that Britain needs
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor gives an interview to The Times about the economic downturn.
Diocese of Westminster link to external website

CofE recognises implications of the financial crisis
The Synod of the Church of England has voted to take note of a report into the implications of the financial crisis and the recession.
Church of England (PDF) link to external website

January 2009

New prayers for those affected by redundancy on CofE website
The Church of England has published two new prayers to comfort people made redundant, and those remaining in the workplace following a round of redundancies.
Church of England link to external website

December 2008

Recession puts St Vincent de Paul under pressure
The St. Vincent de Paul Society has said it will need an extra €10m this year if it is to meet rising demands for help from embattled families.
ciNews link to external website

Drama - Voices from the Edge
Sunday 8 February, 6pm
Traverse Theatre, 10 Cambridge Street, Edinburgh EH1 2ED
Drama written for Poverty & Homelessness Action Week, performed by the Actors for Human Rights theatre company.
Email for booking.

November 2008

The financial crisis is a test for the values of European society
The financial crisis has exposed a deeper spiritual crisis and a misguided set of values, according to the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community.
Press release link to external website

Helping the Homeless - Killing with Kindness?
18 November, 2 December 6-7pm
Acting out a biblical duty or killing with kindness? Homelessness has always been a central concern for Christians - but do our efforts just make the problem worse? A series of public discussions at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church to explore questions relating to homelessness and the best way to overcome it. For more information call 020 7240 0544 or email.

October 2008

Bishop John attends end child poverty rally
Bishop John Hine, Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark, joined more than 10,000 people from around the country for the largest ever rally to end child poverty in the UK.
Catholic Communications Network press release link to external website

July 2008

Archbishop of Canterbury Welcomes Government Announcement on Credit Unions link to external website

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