10 million rely on church community support shows new research

#keepthesafetynet New research conducted for the Church Urban Fund, CUF, shows that 10 million adults a year in England use community services from churches. This is more than half of all those who access these services. The wide range of support includes food banks,...

A different banking crisis

#DWPWelfareAssist At school, Natalie was “happy-go-lucky”. She left aged 17 and went to work full-time in the salon. During her twenties, Natalie lived at her parents’ house in Acton. But after Stacy was born, she was told by her parents to find her...

Life of a food bank user

He used to crew a Nimrod in the RAF. Now his most challenging mission is to feed himself on £58.92 a week. He’s on disability benefits, but there are deductions: one for rent arrears, another to pay back a crisis loan. So he’s become one of the...

Petition to rethink fund for vulnerable people

#LocalAssistanceNetwork Furniture Re-use Network calls on the Coalition Government to overturn Vital Funding Decision The Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) has today (8th April 2014) launched an e-petition that if successful, will maintain a critical, financial safety...

Goods worth more than £400m thrown away

More than £400m worth of unwanted household items end up being thrown away, despite the fact they are still in good enough condition to use. And now the Local Government Association wants to see more goods rescued, revamped and resold. It says almost 615,000...