Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 05:16AM
Maggie McSherry

Useful reports to help understand the problems of poverty in the UK 

Truth and Lies 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. 

Hungry for More Report: How Churches can address the root causes of food poverty -from the Church Urban Fund

Am I My Brother's Keeper Report is a Christian overview of welfare reform & cuts in public spending. Produced by Churches Regional Commission for Yorkshire and the Humber. 

Payday Lending Report from Christians Against Poverty shows that customers are typically hungry, cold and worried about eviction. 

Church Urban Fund has developed an online tool that provides information on a poverty-related indicators at the parish level. By entering post code the tool looks at ten different indicators including child poverty, pensioner poverty and life expectancy. Find out more

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