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MC/11/49 Of Equal Value: Poverty and Inequality in the United Kingdom Basic Information Contact Name and Details Paul Morrison, Policy Adviser [email protected] Status of Paper Final Action Required Decision Draft Resolutions 1. The Council adopts the report and the resolutions contained within. 2. The Council authorises the report to be presented to the Conference. 3. The Council authorises JPIT to update the report prior to the Conference should financial or policy developments require it. Alternative Options to Consider, if Any For the report to be received by Methodist Council only; and for suggestions to be made of further work or amendments required prior to presentation of the paper to the Conference. Summary of Content Subject and Aims To respond to Council’s concern regarding the effect of the finical climate and government policy on the levels of Poverty and Inequality. To inform the Council of the economic, social and theological background and offering potential actions in response. Main Points The Economic Climate Theological reflections Measuring Poverty and Inequality Scale of Poverty and Inequality Living in Poverty in the UK Perceptions of those in Poverty Church responses to Poverty and Inequality Proposals and resolutions Background Context and Relevant Documents (with function) Methodist Council October 2010 – passed a resolution expressing concern about the CSR’s impact on Poverty and Inequality. MC/11/11 Poverty and Inequality in the UK, which directed JPIT to produce this report for the Conference. Consultations Interested groups within the Connexion and a wide range of external partners including TUC, JPIT partner Churches, Church of Scotland, Church Action on Poverty (CAP), and Housing Justice. Summary of Impact Wider Connexional In concert with the Big Society report (MC/11/48) the paper makes suggestions as to how resources should be allocated in response to societal need as well as how churches can be helped to respond to needs in their communities. Risk There are reputational risks in silence or in speaking in an uncoordinated or ill prepared manner. There are also reputational risks in speaking boldly without ensuring our own behaviours are in line.
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Of Equal Value: Poverty and Inequality in the United Kingdom “It is embarrassing being in poverty. To be poor is to be written off.” quote from a poverty hearing held by Church Action on Poverty in Bradford . PART 1: INTRODUCTION AND AIMS 1.1 Concern for the poor has been central to the message and ministry of the Christian Church. This concern for the poorest was a key part of Wesley’s ministry, and the ministry of his followers in the years after his death. The Methodist Church has continued to be active in the relief of poverty and challenging the structural causes of poverty: from the poverty relief work performed in The Foundry, Methodism’s first building for inner city mission work, through the
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