While billions have gone to banks and brokers in bailouts and bonuses, the main parties are competing with each other over how much needs to be lopped off public services in order to reduce national debt and keep the IMF happy.
2,000 people from civil society groups, churches, mosques and synagogues heard a call for the UK to introduce a ceiling on interest rates, after evidence gathered over months of listening to the impact of the financial crisis on ordinary people .
The global financial crisis may increase social conflict, says the head of the International Labour Office, claiming that civil society groups have an important role in helping those affected to be heard.
As many "responsible for the current financial meltdown" meet "behind closed doors in Washington" to discuss the future of the global economy, the World Council of Churches has challenged the legitimacy of the "G20" group.
The current global financial crisis is a spiritual one with usury at its heart, argues political economist Ann Pettifor. In spite of the Gospel message, Christians have also colluded in idolising wealth above people and planet.