Over the last three years, the Coalition Government has announced a range of welfare reforms. Each new tax or benefit reform has prompted a great deal of analysis of how many households will be affected and by how much. Yet, little has been done to examine the cumulative impact of the reforms.
Available to download here is a short guide to the most significant changes made over recent years, many of which will come into effect in April 2013.
Church Urban Fund has submitted its response to the government consultation on measuring child poverty.
A National Survey of Church-led Social Action￼
Thousands of parish churches around the country play an active role in their local community, running lunch clubs for the elderly, after school clubs for children living in deprived areas or food banks for parents desperately trying to feed their families. These activities, and many others like them, are signs of parish churches quietly serving disadvantaged or vulnerable members of their community.
A survey of the impact of the current economic climate on community organisations in the most deprived areas of England
The transformational power of relationships
This research project explored the impact of church-led community work on the relationships between three groups: churchgoers, community workers and people in poverty (understood broadly as material/resource poverty). It sought to identify the barriers that exist between these three groups and the bridges that bring them together.