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Resources for Parliamentarians

As a non-partisan charity dedicated to assisting individuals facing financial hardship, we aim to equip all Parliamentarians with valuable insights into the realities of poverty in the UK. Our goal is to help you make well-informed decisions.

CAP’s Insights about UK poverty

CAP is a charity with nearly 30 years of experience supporting individuals in poverty throughout the UK. We offer practical assistance and hope to those facing financial difficulties through FCA-authorised debt advice, money management courses, life skills groups, and job clubs, all delivered in partnership with local churches across the country. The firsthand experiences of our clients, combined with national polling and research, enable us to provide comprehensive insights into the realities of poverty in the UK.

We are passionate about collaboration and are keen to share the insights that we have to play our role in helping to support changes that can address the drivers of poverty and the support available for people in financial difficulty. We work with Government and Civil Service Departments to help inform their work. 

  • We are official referral partners for the DWP, and sit on their stakeholder advisory groups

  • We are members of the Government Fairness group coordinated by HM Treasury and chair a sub group

  • We are members of APPG groups on: Debt and personal finance, Poverty, Universal Credit, Prepayment Meters, Loneliness, Fuel Poverty and Energy Efficiency

We are also dedicated to supporting you in your role as a representative of your local constituency and in your responsibilities within Governmental decisions. This page is designed to assist you in your role as an elected Member of Parliament. If you require additional insights or information, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team.

Briefings for you

We understand the demands of your workload, so we have created concise two-page summaries of our research and recommendations, allowing you to quickly grasp the core information. 

Find out more about:

Deficit budgets

Click here

Liveable incomes

Click here

National polling on UK poverty

Click here

The links between poverty and living standards

Click here

If you would like to find out more about any of these topics, you can book an online or in person briefing session with a member of the Policy and Parliamentary Affairs team.

Email the team

Referral information for your constituents

If you have a constituent who would like to be referred to CAP for support, please direct them to our website or share our free phone number: 0800 328 0006.

Resources for your surgery

We have also created resources for your surgery to inform constituents about the free support available to everyone, regardless of age, gender, faith, or background.

Please reach out to the team if you would like to order information leaflets to go in your office or waiting area. 

The support we can offer you

Our vision is to end poverty in the UK, and we are eager to support anyone who shares this passion. Our team is available to assist you in the following ways:

  • Schedule a meeting to learn about the support CAP provides

  • Schedule a briefing on our research and insights into UK poverty

  • Request drafted written questions about UK poverty

  • Arrange a visit to your local CAP services

Meet the team

The team are here to help you:

Gareth McNab - Head of External Affairs, Christians Against Poverty, smiling at the camera. He is a white male with very short hair, glasses and is wearing a grey suit with white shirt and stripy blue tie.

As the leader of CAP’s External Affairs team, Gareth provides charity-wide leadership over CAP’s vision for an end to UK poverty.

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Kiri Adams - Social Policy Manager, Christians Against Poverty

Kiri represents CAP in policy discussions as well as taking responsibility for key policy campaigns and governmental affairs.

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Juliette Flach - Senior Policy and Public Affairs Officer, Christians Against Poverty

Juliette works in CAP’s policy and Public Affairs team, working with parliamentarians, and bringing CAP’s insights to APPG groups, and in consortiums.

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Ali Vipond, CAP's Policy and Public Affairs Officer, smiling at the camera. She has pale skin, shoulder-length wavy brown hair, and is wearing a royal blue blouse.

Ali works in CAP’s policy team, supporting our policy, campaigns and public affairs work.

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Just reach out by emailing our team to find out more ways that we can help you.

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Ruth holding a sign that reads 'There is so much need. I'm at my limit.'
Ruth, Co-Debt Centre Manager

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Ruth holding a sign that reads 'There is so much need. I'm at my limit.'