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Video message: Celebrating a year of Release Groups!

calendar19 June 2015

Video message: Celebrating a year of Release Groups!

Happy Birthday to CAP Release Groups - our latest service designed to help people break free from life controlling dependencies.

Just twelve months in and already the stories are flooding in of people overcoming common addictions, like smoking, drinking or using drugs, as well as other habits that control lives and destory financial stability.

So far 130 people have been helped and one member said, 'For the first time in 15 years, I have control over my addiction! I really feel like freedom is a reality I can grasp.'

2.35 million households in fuel poverty

calendar28 May 2015

2.35 million households in fuel poverty

Today, the Government released new statistics showing that in 2013 the number of English households in fuel poverty was estimated at around 2.35 million* – that’s around 10.4% of households in England.

Whilst the report shows positive steps have been made to help low-income households improve their energy efficiency, CAP feels more needs to be done for the increasing number of fuel poor households on pre-payment meters.

From our research, we found that clients using this energy payment method are suffering twice as much fuel poverty to those using other methods. Instead of being able to access the best deals, often only available by Direct Debit, we found the poorest are forced into paying sometimes hundreds of pounds more on energy every year.

Before seeking help from CAP, among debt clients with pre-payment meters:

  • Two thirds (67%) couldn’t heat their homes
  • A third (33%) couldn’t cook their food
  • Almost a quarter (23%) couldn’t wash their clothes; and
  • One in ten (11%) couldn’t afford to wash themselves.

One client said that before CAP, “We didn’t have any heating for two years because we had no money for gas.”

Read more in our report The Poor Pay More.

*www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-of-energy-climate-change

Our Gareth’s been tweeting

calendar30 April 2015

Our Gareth’s been tweeting

CAP phone team member and Anglican Gareth Thompson has been helping twitter users to see the inside view of what we do here at head office. From Monday April 27 to Sunday May 3, he is tweeting under the heading of @OurCofE, an account that gets passed to someone in the Church of England each week.

As well as working for CAP, Gareth is also a part-time professional wrestler...

Check out what he's been up to here: twitter.com/OurCofE

Announcing our new patron: the Archbishop of Canterbury

calendar16 April 2015

Announcing our new patron: the Archbishop of Canterbury

We are really excited to announce that Archbishop Justin Welby has chosen to become a patron of Christians Against Poverty!

Watch the video to find out more about what he thinks about CAP and why he decided to support our work in this way.

Please take some time to encourage Justin via his Twitter account - @JustinWelby.

Even more money managers!

calendar27 March 2015

Even more money managers!

This weekend, over 100 passionate individuals are set to learn all about how they can help prevent debt and poverty in their local communities.

Tomorrow our CAP Money team is in Watford training these brand new money coaches to go out and deliver CAP's free money management course in their areas.

Representing 30 new churches, they will join over 800 that are already running the CAP Money Course, which now helps more than 10,000 people a year across the UK gain control of their finances.

Find out more about how your church could run the CAP Money Course and teach people how to budget, save and spend wisely.

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