Quite apart from any concerns you may have for the environment, choosing a cleaner, lower-emissions and more fuel-efficient vehicle makes sense financially. Not only will you save money on petrol or diesel, there are also incentives in terms of the tiered road tax system.
A new website, urging a radical rethink of Christmas spending, has been launched this autumn. www.casc-aid.org.uk promotes charitable giving at Christmas on a basis at least equal to the amount that we spend on our own gifts and celebrations, and urges both churches and charities to advocate ‘preferential’ or ‘50/50 giving’ to good causes.
Christian Aid, is launching four new group gifts for Christmas in its Autumn Winter 2010 catalogue, including a sturdy bamboo shelter for a Burmese refugee family living on the Thai/Burmese border (£230) and an adult literacy centre in Sierra Leone (£543).
Many people who are refused sanctuary in the UK but are unable to return to their countries, are forced to rely on the Azure payment card. A report from Refugee Action has highlighted many problems with the card. Church Action on Poverty are encouraging thousands of people to email the Immigration Minister Damian Green now, and ask for the card to be replaced with cash.