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Monday, September 26, 2016
Christians challenged to live as destitute asylum seekers
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¬†Campaign group Church Action on Poverty is challenging people to take on the life of someone who has been refused asylum for one week as they experience UK poverty. For the first week of Advent (27 November - 4 December) CAP want Christians and others to live on £5 and a food parcel. The 'Endurance Challenge' is part of CAP's Living Ghosts campaign to change Government policies that make those people seeking asylum destitute. The campaign has been rapidly growing and will receive the formal backing of 50 church leaders in the next few weeks. CAP has previously challenged people to try living on the minimum wage during the season of Lent, which has previously been taken up by some well know figures such as Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee. Alan Thornton of Church Action on Poverty said: "In this rich and welcoming country of ours we now have people seeking asylum who are destitute, homeless, or living on food parcels. Many of these people are 'living ghosts' that no one knows about. "These problems would be eradicated if those seeking asylum were allowed to sustain themselves and contribute to wider society through paid work. "This would stop people disappearing beyond the radar of the government. It would bring new and skilled people into our legal economy helping to make our society prosperous. "Those able to work should be able to, and there should be security for those that can't. We call on the Government to uphold these values and change the policies that are making people destitute." Various resources have been produced for the campaign including a free campaign pack, leaflets and action cards. To order these call: 0161 2369321 or e-mail: livingghosts@church-poverty.org.uk
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