Everybody should have access to good food.
|Hello food poverty campaigners!
18,378! That’s how many people signed the End Hunger UK petition to ask Theresa May to fix Universal Credit!
We had a last-minute rush: our colleague Hannah-Mae, who works at The Trussell Trust, arrived at work on the Monday morning before the hand-in to a HUGE pile of envelopes and over 6,000 new signatures!
Thank you so much to everyone who signed the petition, got other people to sign the petition or who raised awareness of the petition.
A group of people who have experienced the problems associated with Universal Credit either first-hand, or through working with claimants, dropped it off at 10 Downing Street. Unfortunately the Prime Minister didn’t come to accept it from them. (We weren’t expecting her to, but it would have been great as we could have told her exactly what she needs to do to make Universal Credit fit for purpose!)
We got some great press coverage, including a big piece in The Mirror.
Obviously the battle is not won yet, but we raised lots of awareness and it is this constant pressure and highlighting of the issues that will hopefully lead to real change. Well done everyone.
With very best wishes,
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To all friends of Churches Together in England
I am delighted to attach our review of the year (2015) which is an extract from the annual report and accounts which was sent to the Charity Commission. It includes a link to the full document sent to the Charity Commission should you wish to download it.
We would be most grateful if you would publicise this as widely as possible.
With best wishes
Martin Kettle writes…
The update I have done on hate crime and all that, with all the material about church initiatives having been supplied by Kat Brealey, is at
I attach the document as well…Hate Crime and the churches
Home Affairs Policy Adviser
Mission & Public Affairs Division
Archbishopsâ€™ Council, Church of England
Church House, Gt Smith St,
London SW1P 3AZ
Tel: 0207 898 1531
Mob: 07738 883715
FromÂ Bethany Eckley, Research Manager
I thought I might forward to you Church Urban Fundâ€™s latest policy paper: The Web of Poverty.
Â This paper sets out our organisational understanding of poverty; what is it and how does it affect peopleâ€™s lives?
Â We find it helpful to think about poverty as a web of interlinked factors that together, have a significant impact on an individualâ€™s ability to flourish. As such, we group the diverse aspects of poverty into three categories: poverty of resources, relationship and identity.
The paper also explains our approach to tackling poverty and how, through our Together Network, we seek to transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalised in England. It shows that our aim is to inform, inspire, resource and support churches as they work to tackle poverty and build strong, flourishing communities.
Â If you would like any hard copies of this report, please let me know.
Â Very best wishes,