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Supporters give over £33,000 in just one week!

calendar29 November 2013

Supporters give over £33,000 in just one week!

In just one week since we launched our Emergency Food Aid Appeal, £33,000 has been donated by just 1,000 supporters! We are hugely grateful to every person who has given towards our £100,000 target so far.

An emergency food aid hamper costs an average of £75, meaning we already have the funds to help 440 families over the next 12 months. Now, if you're waiting for the 'but', here it is... There are way more than 440 families who will need food aid next year.

Could you join the first 1,000 generous supporters and donate today?

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Gillingham Debt Centre Manager wins national award

calendar29 November 2013

Gillingham Debt Centre Manager wins national award

We're extremely proud of Hannah Gibbons, who manages our Gillingham CAP Debt Centre in Dorset. In a ceremony at the Palace of Westminster on 28 November, Hannah won the individual category at the 2013 Inspire Awards.

Her award was presented by shadow employment minister Stephen Timms MP, Evangelical Alliance general director Steve Clifford and Inspire magazine editor Russ Bravo. Stephen Timms MP said, 'Believing in Jesus inspires people to do wonderful things. You don’t have to be a believer to realise that. Believing in Jesus moves people on to not just think something is a good idea, but to act on it. The contributions we are celebrating this afternoon are examples not of a dying phenomenon, but a growing one.'

Hannah has been in her post since our Gillingham CAP Debt Centre (in partnership with Gillingham Community Church) opened its doors in 2008, helping over 400 people in the last five years.

We welcome plans for payday lending cap, but will it go far enough?

calendar25 November 2013

We welcome plans for payday lending cap, but will it go far enough?

Christians Against Poverty has today welcomed comments from Chancellor George Osborne that the cost of credit will be capped. 

Ahead of the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) taking responsibility for consumer credit in April next year, he said: 'Payday lending was almost entirely unregulated when this Government came to office. We’ve created a powerful new consumer regulator; we’ve taken steps to control the roll over of those loans and I think the next logical step is now to cap the overall cost of credit.'

Our Chief Executive, Matt Barlow, said today: 'We are really pleased this issue is still high on the Government’s agenda. Too many of our clients have fallen deeper into debt through high cost lending and we eagerly await the FCA’s new regulations in the Spring. We encourage the FCA to go further and look closely at all areas of the finance industry, not just the headline-­‐grabbing payday lenders but also banks and door-­‐step lenders to protect the most needy in our society. Clearly, too, there is a bigger issue for us all when people have no option but to take out payday loans to pay for essential living costs like food.'

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Forget the latest Christmas ads – this could be the best video you watch this Christmas

calendar22 November 2013

Forget the latest Christmas ads – this could be the best video you watch this Christmas

Meet Zac and Louie – the stars of our 2013 Christmas video. While the high street shops are outdoing each other in the bid to boost sales, why not take a moment to listen to these boys, aged just 8 and 7, as they take us back to basics.

In their own words, without any glitz and glamour, Zac and Louie paint a picture of poverty through a child's eyes. But the best thing by far is hearing them tell of the impact that a small act of generosity had. Receiving emergency food aid from CAP at Christmas time completely transformed the lives of this family – consider the part you can play as you watch and share the video today.

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CAP Debt Help clients speak up in national media

calendar21 November 2013

CAP Debt Help clients speak up in national media

As a result of our input into a key report on personal debt in the UK, we were featured across several national media platforms on Wednesday 20 November.

The report, 'Maxed Out' was published by the Centre for Social Justice and, through the stories of our clients, expresses the concerns of some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in our society. 

Several of our clients were able to bravely share their stories with the nation – letting people know what crippling debt really feels like. Check out the links below to hear and read about them:

BBC Radio 4's Today Programme (1:30 into the programme)

BBC 5 Live (20 minutes into the programme)

BBC News Online

Visit our press page for links to our full press releases and recent coverage

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