A coalition of Christian charities – Housing Justice, Scottish Churches Housing Action, Church Action on Poverty and the Church Urban Fund – have come together to hold a series of public poverty hearings as part of Poverty and Homelessness Action Week.
From 26 January to 3 February, Christians across the UK will be looking at the human face of poverty, bad housing and homelessness where they live.
Government figures show that 12.7 million people – 22 per cent of the total population – live in poverty in the UK including seven million adults, 3.1million of whom are parents, 3.8million are children, and 1.8 million pensioners.
Others figures show that over 526,000 families, including almost one million children live in overcrowded accommodation, and over 80,000 homeless families are having to endure temporary accommodation whilst they wait for rehousing. At the same time more than 1.6 million families are on local authority housing waiting lists.
Full story at Christian Today.