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Sunday Times Best Companies Awards

calendar26 February 2015

Sunday Times Best Companies Awards

We’re over the moon to announce that, once again, we’ve been named as one of the UK's best places to work!

We scooped 2nd place in the 'Sunday Times Best 100 Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For 2015'. Matt Barlow and John Kirkby won the 'Best Leader Award', with unbeaten scores of 97% for running the organisation on sound morals and 94% for having a plan that staff believe in.

We really pray this awards honours God. CAP, a Christian charity, has always been in the top three in each of the six years we have entered, making us the highest performer in the list.

Click here to read our profile on the Best Companies website.

Poverty is pivotal for the Christian vote

calendar20 February 2015

Poverty is pivotal for the Christian vote

Poverty looks set to be a major issue among Christian voters at this year's General Election, a new survey has revealed. With nearly a quarter of Christians (24%) still undecided which way they will vote, the majority were certain that poverty and inequality were the most important issues facing the UK. The 'Faith in Politics?' survey carried out by the Evangelical Alliance asked over 2,000 Christians from 79 denominations what would sway their vote in May.

  • Evangelicals think poverty and inequality are the most important issue facing the UK today (32% selected this, compared to just 4% of the general public)
  • 61% say policies that are likely to make a positive difference to the poorest people in the UK are important to them and will affect their vote

Our Chief Executive, Matt Barlow said, 'This shows the depth of feeling Christians have towards the plight of the poorest. Now is the time for politicians to sit up and take note that the estimated two million evangelical Christians in the UK say the needs of the poorest need to be addressed – and the party who do this might well get their vote.'

Dr Dave Landrum, Advocacy Director at the Evangelical Alliance, said, 'The issues that concern evangelicals are quite different from the issues that concern the general public. Evangelicals care far more about poverty. With around two million across the UK, this is a section of society that politicians cannot ignore.'

Find out how your church could get involved with the battle against UK poverty

Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP visits local CAP Debt Centre

calendar22 January 2015

Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP visits local CAP Debt Centre

Today we were pleased to welcome a special visitor at one of our local CAP Debt Centres in Birmingham.

Here is Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP with our External Relations Manager, Helen Webb, taking time out of his busy schedule to learn more about our work and to hear stories from some of the people we've helped.

Changes announced for clients facing bankruptcy

calendar15 January 2015

Today, Business Minister Jo Swinson has announced changes to make it easier for the financially vulnerable to manage problem personal debt.

This follows CAP's campaign to raise the limit of debt set in order to access a Debt Relief Order, as currently more than a third of our clients, many of whom are vulnerable, are too poor to go bankrupt.

CAP's CEO Matt Barlow said: 'The limit of £15,000 of debt was set in 2009, so we’re delighted the Insolvency Service have brought this bang up-to-date and we’re pleased to hear it will be reviewed again in 2017. We had campaigned for the limit to rise to £30,000, which would have seen more than half of our clients able to afford this debt solution. However, the line had to be drawn somewhere and £20,000 is a good start.'

You can read the Insolvency Service's full article here and our report 'Too poor to go bankrupt' here.

Banking help on its way for people battling debt

calendar15 December 2014

Banking help on its way for people battling debt

One of the first things we ask brand new CAP clients to do is to open a basic bank account with a company that they don’t owe anything to.

It’s important because the basic bank account won’t allow an overdraft and will establish a fresh start for the journey to become debt free.

The problem is, it’s not always that easy to set up but we’re hoping today’s news from the banks and the Treasury will change all that.

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