Christians Against Poverty has won cross-party praise in the House on Commons for its positive contribution to society.
A debate held on May 5 centred on the ‘contribution of faith organisations to the voluntary sector in local communities’ during which CAP was commended on account of its work with people struggling with debt, unemployment and addictions.
Conservative MP Fiona Bruce named CAP as she paid tribute to Christian not-for-profit organisations for the invaluable role they play in community outreach, saying: ‘Political parties will come and go in terms of their authority in our communities, but the churches will be there, enduring this century as they did last century and centuries before that, and that is why it is so important that we support them in the way that we do.’
Other Christian organisations which were praised by MPs included those working with the homeless, victims of trafficking and elderly people.
Conservative MP Simon Burns described faith groups as unsung heroes of society while
Labour MP Stephen Timms, spoke of a ‘new movement of faith-based social activism’ making a ‘growing and immensely positive contribution to society.’
Everyday this week we will be praying, fasting and seeking God for all that is ahead of CAP this year. Prayer is at the heart of everything we do at CAP - if you'd like to join with us in asking God for breakthrough in 2016 visit the prayer section on our website.
We are delighted to announce that CAP has won Debt Advice Provider of the Year at the 2015 Credit Today Collections & Customer Service Awards. This is the first year that this award has been given out and we are honoured to be the first time winners. CAP was also a finalist for Vulnerable Customer Support Initiative.
Our Founder, John Kirkby, and CEO, Matt Barlow, popped down to Lambeth Palace yesterday to visit our patron, Archbishop Justin Welby. What an honour to have such a generous patron who really gets what CAP is about and is passionate about tackling UK debt.
Find out more about why he decided to become CAP's patron on the Who's who page of our website, which you can go to by clicking here.
Yesterday, we celebrated a very special debt free case, which marks the beginning of thousands more people being able to access a route out of debt that was previously restricted.
On 1 October, CAP submitted the first Debt Relief Order (DRO) for a client who was previously ineligible for this insolvency option due to having just over £18,000 worth of qualifying debt, which built up when her relationship broke down and she lost her job while pregnant. If she had been unable to access a DRO it would have taken her nine and a half years on a severely restricted budget to pay back her debt, or three years to save for the bankruptcy fee.
These changes follow on from CAP’s involvement in the campaign to raise the maximum debt limit for a DRO amongst other proposals, as more than a third of our clients, many of whom are vulnerable, were too poor to go bankrupt. The Insolvency Service predict that these changes will enable 3,600 more people to use DROs instead of more expensive insolvency options.
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