Twenty-six leading poverty experts, including many church leaders, have challenged the Chancellor and Opposition finance ministers to seize a once-in-a-generation opportunity to close the gap between rich and poor.
Church Action on Poverty has strongly condemned a proposal being considered by the Labour Party which would reward people who inform on benefit ‘cheats’. It will do nothing to tackle poverty or inequality, they say.
Church groups concerned with housing and poverty are inviting people to share, exchange and re-use what they have to combat the hardships of the economic downturn. The week of action began n Saturday and at church services yesterday.
Church Action on Poverty is calling on Christians to demand that politicians make it a priority to close the gap between rich and poor, following the release of startling new figures revealing a dramatic level of inequality in the UK.
Insisting that “there is enough for all”, three church organisations have challenged their supporters to share, exchange and reuse, to combat the economic downturn. They say there is an alternative to a system built on greed.
The chief executive of Goldman Sachs, Lloyd Blankfein, has suggested that bankers are doing “God's work” and that banks have a "social purpose". His remarks were described as “frankly astonishing” by Church Action on Poverty.
Faith and civic groups are engaged in a whole series of campaigns for people and planet, says Niall Cooper. But if politicians are to be held accountable up to and beyond the election, common action is needed in place of competing cacophony.