CUF Plan germinates!

 

Dear David,

Thank you for your continued support of the Mustard Seed Appeal and the Just Finance Foundation. We wanted to update you on some significant pieces of news as we work towards fairer finance.

First step towards fairer credit as Wonga goes into administration

The announcement that high cost credit provider Wonga has gone into administration is a sign that the Just Finance Foundation’s work is having a real impact. The rates charged by Wonga for their loans have been one of the criticisms of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who wants to see a fairer credit landscape for all. In 2013 he announced the church would compete Wonga out of business by supporting more ethical credit unions.

Canon Paul Hackwood, Executive Director of Church Urban Fund and Trustee of the Just Finance Foundation says:

‘Today we are seeing the result of the much-needed tougher financial regulations starting to bite. The Just Finance Foundation (JFF) – the Archbishop’s charity focused on fostering a fair financial system – is working to promote financial health, of many struggling with debt right across the social spectrum, and particularly among those for whom making ends meet is a daily struggle.’

Read the full article in yesterdays (30/08/2018) Guardian  here

What comes after Welby’s War on Wonga

Just a few weeks before ago, Rowena Young, Executive Director for the Just Finance Foundation (JFF), outlined the plans for how the JFF might help to increase our nation’s financial capability.

Read her article in the Church Times here

This extract came from an email from:

Church Urban Fund

Church House, 27 Great Smith Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AZ

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#fixuniversalcredit: End Hunger UK petition

Please help promote End Hunger UK’s national petition, designed to send a powerful message to the Prime Minister – it’s time to fix Universal Credit.

Five ways you can help make the Petition a success
• Promote the Petition to your own members and supporters on social media – using the hashtags #endhungeruk and #fixuniversalcredit – embed either of the graphics below into social media posts or use/adapt one of the suggested tweets below.
• Include details of the Petition in newsletters and other communications to members and supporters.
The webpage with full details of the Petition is at: www.endhungeruk.org/ucpetition
• A PDF copy of the Petition can be downloaded here! Please feel free to republish this on your own website or embed the link in your own electronic communications.
• Publicise the Handy hints how local groups can help to gathering signatures at food banks, local projects, churches and other faith groups over the next 4 months
• Promote End Hunger Week (13 – 20 October 2018) as an opportunity for local groups to plan activities to promote the petition.

Suggested tweets:

No one should need to go to bed hungry in the UK. Help send a powerful message to the Prime Minister – its time to #fixUniversalCredit.

Sign the petition www.endhungeruk.org/ucpetition #EndHungerUK
Everyone should have access to good food. Call on the UK Government to #fixUniversalCredit to prevent more people going hungry. www.endhungeruk.org/ucpetition #endhungeruk

End Hunger UK is built on a vision of a society where everyone has access to good food, and no one has to go to bed hungry. We call on Government to fix Universal Credit to prevent more people going hungry.
We all rely on the welfare safety net being there for us in times of financial stress or hardship. But Universal Credit is currently failing in that task.
In areas where Universal Credit has been rolled out, food banks and other food aid providers report a surge in the numbers of people pushed into greater debt, destitution and hunger as a result of delays, errors, a lack of flexibility, and inadequate support. Today End Hunger UK publishes the alarming findings from our national survey into the impact of Universal Credit on food poverty. And we are calling for action.
As a matter of urgency, End Hunger UK is calling on the government to:
• Take action to improve the flexibility and support for people on Universal Credit.
• Make improvements to Universal Credit, to ensure it does not leave more people at risk of debt and destitution.
• Make a long-term commitment to ensure Universal Credit provides people with enough income to afford good food on a regular basis.
We will deliver the petition to 10 Downing Street in the lead-up to the Autumn Budget in mid-November. By then, we hope that many of the, literally, thousands of people who each week use, volunteer or donate to food banks and other food projects across the UK will have signed the petition.

The campaign is being supported by a range of national food and poverty charities including Child Poverty Action Group; Church Action on Poverty; the Church of England; First Steps Nutrition Trust; the Food Foundation; the Independent Food Aid Network; Nourish Scotland; Sustain: the alliance for food and farming and the Trussell Trust. We invite you to join us.
Please join us and be part of the campaign to fix Universal Credit!

This information was supplied by Niall Cooper, for End Hunger UK

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Help available from charity ‘Buttle UK’ for children without a bed

“More than four hundred thousand children do not have a bed of their own, forcing many to share or sleep on the floor. Gerri McAndrew from the charity Buttle UK and Assistant Head Teacher Bex Wilson, who realised one of her own pupils was having to sleep on the floor, discuss.”

Quote from BBC Radio 4, Woman’s Hour, Sat 4 Aug 2018, 4.00 pm

Link to BBC Radio 4 to listen!

WAKE UP CALL Half a million British children don’t have their own bed so help us change that with our Beds For Kids campaign
We need your help to give every single child a place to sleep tight

Ruth Harrison, The Sun, 5 May 2018

Read the full article in the Sun! 

Be aware! Some readers may find neighboring articles in the Sun unacceptable

Link to charity ‘Buttle UK’, web site to apply for help!

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Modern Day Slavery

BBC National News in July 2018

Here are links to BBC articles on this topical subject:

“Slavery victims complete college course”

Click to read the BBC News article!

“Modern slavery law review as gangs ‘evolve’ “

Click to read the BBC News article!

“Trafficked and forced into prostitution”

Click to view the BBC News Video article!


Virtual College

Here is another useful resource on this subject:

“NCA: Modern slavery is more prevalent than previously thought”

Click to view the ‘Virtual College’ article!

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Growing the Rural Church project

Building Conversations:
Churches for Rural Communities

A day conference exploring how rural churches
can use their buildings creatively to support
ministry and better serve their communities

Wednesday 31 October 2018

The Welcome Centre, Coventry

Open the Conference Flyer here!

This information is provided by :

Sally Farrant
Social Responsibility – Dementia, Disability, Fairtrade etc
Church and Society, The Church of England in Devon

Community Engagement – Livability

Mental Health in the community

Click here to reach the full newsletter !

The March 2018 edition includes an article by David Primrose entitled:

Let’s change the culture of our churches by lifting the lid on mental health

Other articles in this edition include:

Christians in Practice – connecting discipleship and community engagement

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