Interesting piece from Resistance and Renewal on the ‘three faces of poverty’ and the role of the church in responding. Any comments folks?
A major report ‘Emergency Use Only‘ was published yesterday by the Church of England, Oxfam and the Trussell Trust. It outlines the reality of Food bank Britain:
- Those receiving emergency food from food banks rose from 128,697 in 2011-12 to 913,138 in 2013-14.
- Many food bank users faced multiple challenges, including ill-health, relationship breakdown, mental health problems or substantial caring responsibilities.
The report is further evidence of the impact of a deepening web of poverty that increasing numbers of people find themselves caught in:
Material poverty is driven by low incomes, unemployment, cuts and sanctions to benefits, unaffordable housing and increased costs of living.
Poverty of relationships relates to the fragile and fractured nature of many people’s relationships, both within families and communities. The weakening of the bonds of commitment within families has left many, especially children, far more vulnerable than ever before.
The poverty of identity underpins both. It is seen in the growing issues around mental…
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