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.

Harvest Resources

Harvest celebrations may be far from your thoughts right now but we just want to let you know that Church Urban Fund resources for Harvest will be available on our website from 15th August.

Harvest means different things in different congregations. Whether you are in a rural parish, with the fruits of the earth all around you, or in the city or suburbs, for all of us it can be a time to reflect on the food we receive as gifts of God. A time, too, to think about sharing with those in need.

New Economics Foundation (NEF) Report

In May the New Economic Foundation released its Interim Report for the Near Neighbours Programme. This report was based of data collected during the summer of the programmes second year, taken from a combination of questionnaires and semi-structured interviews.  Its findings show that “at this interim stage we can see reliable quantitative indicators of the enhanced commitment to neighbourhood improvement, and self-belief, among those who populate the growing [Near Neighbours] network.