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Extend the Lifeline

calendar30 November 2020

Extend the Lifeline

When the coronavirus storm first struck the UK, the Government rightly acted swiftly and compassionately, throwing families a lifeline to help them stay afloat. It raised the standard allowance of Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit by £20 a week, which helped prevent a surge in poverty.¹ However, those on legacy benefits (Jobseeker's Allowance, Employment Support Allowance or Income Support) received nothing extra, leaving many vulnerable to fall into financial crisis. 

Our External Affairs Team is urging the Chancellor to extend the £20 lifeline for benefit claimants and for him to make this crucial decision now to ensure those receiving legacy benefits are not left adrift again. Our social security system is going to be more vital than ever in keeping our society steady through the storms ahead. 

Despite the Universal Credit uplift not being mentioned in the Spending Review on Wednesday (25 Nov 2020), we know that the uplift is on the agenda - with lots of coverage via the BBC and beyond! Unfortunately the Government has indicated that they have no intention of increasing legacy benefits, even if they decide to extend the £20 increase to Universal Credit in the New Year. 

The #KeepTheLifeline campaign is critical in making sure as many people as possible can stay afloat in the coming months. That's why it's already been backed by 50 organisations including the Disability Benefits Consortium, representing over 100 further organisations. Will you add your voice, too, and make sure we can extend a lifeline to those who need it in the months ahead? Click here to sign the Keep the Lifeline petition. To read more about why legacy benefit claimants desperately need the £20 uplift to keep afloat click here.

Dawn Stobart receives award at Women in Credit Awards 2020

calendar19 November 2020

Dawn Stobart receives award at Women in Credit Awards 2020

We want to take a moment to celebrate the legendary Dawn Stobart, who (even after a record number of entries this year) was recently awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Women in Credit Awards 2020!

Dawn has recently retired after working at CAP for a whopping 17 years! Throughout her time as Director of External Affairs, she travelled all over the UK, standing up for the poorest and most vulnerable in society. She took it upon herself to educate people on the reality of poverty in the UK, and championed Government and industry change to make sure that people living in poverty could receive the support they need.

Dawn is passionate about championing and including everyone, and offers kindness wherever she goes. She really has given her all to make an incredible difference in people’s lives across the UK.

Thank you, Dawn. You leave a legacy that stretches way beyond your job role into the lives of everyone you’ve met and spoken up for. It’s wonderful to see you get the recognition you deserve.

Click the link to read more about the awards

CAP Scotland receive Government funds

calendar05 November 2020

CAP Scotland receive Government funds

CAP is recruiting more Scottish Debt Advisors and plans to open new Debt Centres across Scotland

Debt counselling charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) is welcoming a funding boost from the Scottish Government which will help reach people in debt who desperately need support.

CAP’s National Director in Scotland, Emma Jackson, believes this funding comes at a vital time – “The pandemic has already had a devastating impact on many people’s finances. With the possibility of more lockdown restrictions it’s so important those in debt can access our free support.”

“This funding boost from the Scottish Government will enable us to reach people who are being hit the hardest by the pandemic and to ensure those experiencing serious financial difficulty can get free, non-judgemental support.”

“We know so many people are suffering financially because of the impact the pandemic has had on jobs and employment. Many families are experiencing problem debt for the first time. We want people who are struggling to know CAP is here and ready to help them.”

“We’re proud to be playing our part in the response to COVID-19 and urge anyone struggling with debt problems to pick up the phone today”.

Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell said –  “I am pleased the Scottish Government has been able to support Christians Against Poverty as part of an additional £2.4 million announced in August for debt advice support services across Scotland. Services like this are vital for people who are experiencing debt, offering them help and guidance to start to address their financial issues. It’s important that we all continue to look out for each other, particularly during this pandemic, and debt advice services are a key part of that.”

Kick Start: three months on

calendar19 October 2020

Kick Start: three months on

Earlier this year we launched Kick Start, a free gift from Christians Against Poverty to the UK Church. Kick Start is designed to equip you and your church with the tools needed to provide practical support in your community and help people find their footing in a mid- and post-pandemic world.

We’ve been blown away by the passion and enthusiasm churches have shown for Kick Start. In less than three months over 750 people have signed up, the resources have been downloaded more than 1,500 times and the session videos played 4,300 times! Thank you to everyone who has engaged with Kick Start, for the amazing way you continue to bring practical support hand-in-hand with the love of Jesus to your community.

If you know of people in your community, who are struggling with living costs, unemployment, or the emotional impact of COVID-19, why not encourage your church leaders to run Kick Start? 

Sign up for free to access all 9 bitesize sessions of empowering content to help people move forward in life, even in these difficult times.

Access Kick Start today

There’s still time to host your own CAP Sunday service!

calendar13 October 2020

There’s still time to host your own CAP Sunday service!

A massive thank you to every single church that's hosted a CAP Sunday service so far this year. Whether you've been hosting CAP Sunday services for years or this was your first time, there really is nothing quite like celebrating how churches across the UK are bringing hope to those trapped in poverty, addiction and unemployment.

This year alone CAP has helped hundreds of individuals become debt free, through local churches just like yours. Many more have been released from habitual dependencies or learnt how to budget, including people in your community.

By hosting a CAP Sunday service, you can inspire your church to get join the fight against UK poverty and help bring the hope of Jesus to people in your community.

It's not too late to join us by running your own CAP Sunday service.

Enquire today and we'll equip you with everything you need to make your CAP Sunday service top-notch.

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