The government appears likely to miss its target of halving child poverty by 2010 by at least 600,000 children, according to figures given in yesterday's budget and highlighted by the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG).
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 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.
Poverty is a stark social and spiritual issue as well as an individual one, churches in Europe are saying as the European Union launches a special year to highlight the fight against its dehumanising effects.
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.
Modern political discourse often denies the centrality of wealth and poverty to the concerns it addresses, says Simon Barrow. It is in denial. But so are Christians when they fail to see the centrality of wealth and poverty to the biblical narrative and to the Gospel vision.