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    Caritas-Report-The-Impact-of-Welfare-Changes

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    CSAN has launched its latest report, Caritas reports: the impact of welfare changes, which investigates the impact of welfare reform on vulnerable people, charity staff and services. Through the words of key workers and clients, the report states that charities are under increased pressure to provide support in the face of a rigid welfare system. The report has found that the welfare changes of the past five years and the delivery of those changes are pushing vulnerable people and support staff to the edge of their capacity.
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    Restoring Faith in the Safety Net

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    Report from Church Action on Poverty written by Jane Perry, Liam Purcell and Niall Cooper with a foreword by Rt Revd Tim Thornton June 2015 This report restates the case for a social security safety net. It also documents an increasing number of holes in that safety net – undue delays, errors, or excessive sanctions, many of which are leaving large numbers of people without income for days, weeks or even months at a time. Too many people, including children, are being left at risk of hunger or destitution as a result. The report urges the new Government to reaffirm the centrality of the safety net principle, and the Department for Work and Pensions to take steps to ensure that the holes we have identified in this report are addressed. It also calls on the House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee to launch an urgent inquiry into tackling the holes in the safety net.
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    2015 A Toolkit -Women & Poverty from NBCW

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    Inspired by Catholic Social Teaching and using the evidence found in listening to women the National Board of Catholic Women has produced a toolkit to empower women to challenge the system and structures that fail to address poverty, get involved and make a difference.
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    2015 March Cheshire Hunger Report Executive Summary

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    Cheshire Hunger Study Deepens Insight Into Why People Turn To Foodbanks
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    A Guide for Churches - Welfare benefit changes & advice support organisations

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    Summary of changes and concerns about their impact, reflection on a faith response. The second half has contact details for Cumbria organisations providing help, advice and support.(Now collecting information for the southern part of the diocese)
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    Am I My Brother's Keeper Report

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    A Christian Overview of Welfare Reform & Cuts in Public Spending produced by Churches Regional Commission for Yorkshire & the Humber
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    Cumbria Welfare Reform Commission 2014 executive summary

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    The Commission were asked to look at the actual impact of Welfare Reform in Cumbria. For all it proved to be a fascinating, moving and illuminating exercise as they interviewed a wide variety of ‘providers’ and recipients in various locations around the County.Many hours in the company of over a hundred people and organisations.
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    Hungry for More report Sept2013

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    How Churches can address the root causes of food poverty. From Church Urban Fund
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    Poverty & Homlessness Action Week 2013 Resource Pack

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    Action week with Homelessness Sunday on 26th January and Poverty Action Sunday on 4th February 2013 More information on www.actionweek.org.uk
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    Poverty-in-Numbers

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    For information on the Church Urban Fund online tool that provides information of poverty related indicators at parish level. For the online tool:www.cuf.org.uk/povertyinengland
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    Time to Rethink Benefit Sanctions

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    Last year over 1,000,000 sanctions were imposed -880,000 remained after appeals and reconsiderations. Over time more than a fifth of all Jobseekers are sanctioned. This means that their benefits were stopped usually one month, but in a small number of cases for up to three years
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    Truth & Lies Report

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    13 million people – including 3.6 million children – live in poverty in the UK today. A major new report shows how evidence and statistics have been misused, misrepresented and manipulated to create myths that blame and stigmatise the most vulnerable in society. The report, entitled The lies we tell ourselves: ending comfortable myths about poverty, is published today by the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Church of Scotland, Methodist and United Reformed Churches. It confronts the most common myths told about people who are in poverty or in receipt of benefits, and highlights some of the most abused statistics. The report is being sent to every UK MP and Member of the Scottish Parliament in Britain and people are being encouraged to write to their parliamentary representative asking how they will be using the information to better inform policy-making.
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    Why welfare and social housing are Christian Issues

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    From blog of Alison Gelder of Housing Justice
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