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Methodists: poverty is our bag

03 February 2011

by Ed Thornton

THE Methodist Council resolved to work with other church denomina­tions to alleviate poverty at a meeting in London last week.

The Council, which met at Methodist Church House on Monday and Tuesday of last week, discussed a report on poverty, “hearing that there are an estimated 13.5 million people living in poverty in the UK . . . [and] that these levels are likely to increase up to 16.8 million by 2014,” a press release from the Methodist Church stated.

“The Council expressed concern that the Government’s housing bene­fit reform should have at its heart the needs of vulnerable families, and should seek to provide affordable homes for all regardless of their means.”

The Council “also resolved that the Church should work with other partners on this matter, including the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the United Reformed Church, Church Action on Poverty, and Housing Jus­tice”.

The secretary of the Methodist Council, the Revd Ken Howcroft, said: “Concern for the poor has always been at the heart of the gospel message, and many in our churches face the challenges of poverty, un­employment, debt, and homelessness. If we wish to see less poverty, eco­nomic growth just isn’t enough. The story of the last 20 years is that the poor simply didn’t get their fair share.”

The Council also voted to endorse Climate Change Week, which takes place from 21 to 27 March.

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