Client report: on the edge

Older woman sat on a park bench smiling at the camera.

There was hope for me, and there is hope for other people trapped in debt and poverty right now. 

— Julie, nursing home carer from Port Talbot, now debt free 
Fuel prices, gas and electric bills and even the prices in the supermarket are soaring. People across the UK are struggling under the increasing financial pressures and having to make heartbreaking choices over whether to eat or heat their homes. Often the solution to these problems seems far out of reach, and we can feel helpless. What are we able to do in the face of such issues? 

Our latest client report, On the edge, shows how, time and again over the decades, we have seen God take our tiny acts and use them to reach into the darkest situations and bring hope. We have learnt that every act of kindness, compassionate word and moment of generosity creates a ripple of hope. And when your ripple of hope meets thousands of others across this country, it creates big waves. When we play our individual part, together we can see lives transformed across the UK, and even one day see poverty come to an end.

I believe there is hope for a future where poverty doesn’t exist and people can live their lives free from the despair it causes, if we all do our bit. We all have a part to play in this. That’s why I urge you, again, to hear the stories behind the statistics, like mine. 

— Julie, our storyteller in this year’s client report 

Key statistics

£6,698
The amount owed in priority debt among new clients has risen from £5,852 to £6,698
43% 
of clients in 2021 had deductions automatically taken their social security payments to repay debt 
36% 
of CAP clients attempted or considered suicide as a way out debt, before seeking help 
75% 
of new CAP clients in 2021 had arrears in either Council Tax, water, energy or rent 
36% 
borrowed in order to pay an essential household bill 
63% 
of CAP clients (2021) pursued insolvency, with a 12% increase in those going through a Debt Relief Order 

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