Some schools have already broken up for the summer, Parliament will soon be in recess and we hope that you too will be able to have some time to rest, recuperate and enjoy some relief from regular commitments over the next few weeks.
With the UK in the throes of a Conservative leadership contest, we’re expecting that the political currents will continue to experience some turbulence despite the holidays, and the Joint Public issues Team will have plenty to keep us occupied too, as we finalise preparations for our workshops at Greenbelt Festival in August.
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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.
“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
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
Tackling Modern Day Slavery Amongst Homeless Individuals
As winter arrives, churches and communities across the UK are opening their churches and community centres and running night shelters to provide a warm bed to those who have nowhere else to go. But homeless people are still vulnerable to another danger: modern slavery.
Homeless people across the UK are being targeted by people who want to exploit them for profit. They will recruit them on the streets, at soup kitchens, and at night shelters, promising them a job and a place to stay.
“When people are in such a desperate situation, you’re at such a low ebb in terms of your confidence, self-esteem, your self-worth, and you’re prime to being exploited.”
Mark Brennan, Shelter Projects Coordinator, Housing Justice
The Credit Union Movement has always stressed the all humanity are brothers and sisters and puts this ideal into practice in the economic field. No words have expressed this idea more beautifully or more meaningfully than the Prayer of St. Francis which has since been widely recognised as the official prayer of the Credit Union Movement.
LORD Make me an instrument of thy peace Where there is hatred, let me sow love Where there is injury, pardon Where there is doubt, faith Where there is despair, hope Where there is darkness, light And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master Grant that I may not so much seek To be consoled as to console To be understood as to understand To be loved as to love For it is in giving, that we receive It is in pardoning, that we are pardoned And it is in dying, that we are born to eternal life.
On Day 2 we started with a Eucharist at St John the Baptist Church and were welcomed by Rev’d Canon Dr Sarah Rowland Jones and then heard from the founder of the Women Seeking Sanctuary Action Group, a Cameroonian refugee Constance Nzeneu, and then from Jonathan Cox about Cardiff Citizens.