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Sunday, March 26, 2017
Churches called to campaign against growing wealth gap in UK
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¬†Church Action on Poverty today challenged the churches to campaign for urgent action to tackle the gap between rich and poor in the UK with the same vigour as global poverty, in the light of the Rowntree report published today which revealed that Britain is moving back towards levels of inequality in wealth and poverty last seen more than 40 years ago. Niall Cooper, CAP National Coordinator said: "The growing gap between rich and poor is morally indefensible. Today's report is an indictment of an economy which is increasingly being run for the benefit of an obscenely wealthy minority, and at the expense of continuing poverty and hardship for far too many in society." "Tackling growing inequality is not just a challenge to the new Prime Minister and politicians of all parties ≠ but also to the churches. In recent years the Churches have been at the forefront of campaigns to tackle global poverty ≠ now it is time to focus our attentions on tackling the gap between rich and poor much closer to home." "Churches across the country have a long history of providing immediate relief to people struggling with poverty, debt and homelessness ≠ this report highlights the need to tackle some of the root causes, and to actively campaign for more just economic policies to narrow the gap between rich and poor as well." One of the most worrying trends highlighted by the Rowntree research is the growing geographical separation between rich and poor ≠ the wealthy are effectively cutting themselves off from the rest of society, and oblivious to the plight of those struggling to make ends meet. The Rowntree report reveals a large and enduring majority of people consider the gap between high and low incomes too large ≠ but are sceptical that anything can be done to reduce it. The Churches must take the lead in building a campaign to make UK poverty history. Later this year Church Action on Poverty, along with Church Urban Fund, Housing Justice and a range of other national charities will be launching a major campaign to highlight UK poverty. For more on Church Action on Poverty visit:
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