Warning of increased Debt Levels

The Government run Money Advice Service has warned that consumers are increasingly turning to the costly credit options of personal loans and overdrafts to maintain their standard of living as real wages fall.  According to figures released by the Bank of England, credit grew at its fastest pace in July since December 2008.

Worries about fuel poverty

A recent Channel 4 report has highlighted the worries that people have about paying their fuel bills. In 2011, according to the latest figures available, just under 2.4m households in England were struggling to meet their fuel bills. The charity Barnado's said it would continue to leave families "forced to make choices between heating the home and putting hot food on the table." Link to Full Article - http://www.channel4.com/news/fuel-poverty-gap-widens?

National and Diocesan Poverty Statistics

This reference paper aggregates Church of England parish data to provide national and diocesan-level poverty statistics. It provides a number of summary charts and tables to make data available for those conducting their own research or planning future work.

Our hope is that these statistics will help to further inform diocesan offices and churches about the contexts in which they work and the particular issues faced by their local and regional communities.

Helping to tackle Debt in Mansfield

Transforming Notts Together are delighted to be helping a group of voluteers from different churches in Mansfield to set up a new debt service for Mansfield. It will be known as FreeDM - Free Debt Advice, Mansfield.

A total of 9 volunteers are alreday involved with the project. We are partnering with the charity Community Money Advice to provide this service, which we hope will open towards the end of 2013.