We believe the local church is uniquely placed to bring about God’s love, hope and justice to the poorest and most marginalised people in England, empowering them to transform their lives.
Across England local churches are making a real impact in the lives of many. The St Andrew's Community Network in Liverpool is one exmaple of this and Church Urban Fund has been able to support their work.
Research has shown that being born into a poor family significantly increase the likelihood of a person living their whole life in poverty. Our Poverty Lookup Tool has shown that, in England, those born into the wealthiest areas can expect to live for over twenty years longer than those born into poorer areas.
In 2013 the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission released their State of the Nation report to monitor and report on what is happening to child poverty and social mobility in our country.
Read the State of the Nation 2013 report on the Gov.uk website:
Credit Unions have been proposed as a potential solution to the problem of financial exclusion and payday lending by the Department for Work and Pensions (2012) and the Archbishop of Canterbury (2013).
Consequently, Church Urban Fund conducted a survey to deepen our understanding of current engagement with this sector; to identify barriers to engagement that will need to be overcome if credit unions are to grow.
This presentation shares the main results of that survey.