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Save Now for a Christmas Without Credit

calendar01 September 2015

Save Now for a Christmas Without Credit

September 16 marks 100 days until Christmas - but don't panic! Now is a great time to start saving and if you're not sure where to start, there's always a CAP Money Course to help you. The courses are just three or four sessions long and are totally free. Why not go as a group of friends and see how you get on? Pop your postcode in at the top of the page where it says 'Need our help?' and you'll find out what's going on near you.

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.

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