Reset the Debt – new campaign

A new campaign has been launched by JPIT, the Joint Public Issues Team of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church, partnered in this report by Church Action on Poverty.

Dear Friends,
We’re launching our new campaign:

Reset The Debt. During lockdown, millions of families in the UK have been forced to borrow money to make ends meet – with the biggest increase in debt amoungst the poorest households.

Six million people have fallen behind on rent, council tax and other household bills because of Covid-19.

Almost one in five households borrowed money to buy food or other essentials in July.

This is an urgent problem that demands a solution. So we’re proposing that the Chancellor creates a Jubilee Fund, that will provide grants to pay off and cancel unavoidable debts accrued by households during the lockdown period. We believe that a Jubilee would allow relationships to be reset, communities to be re-balanced, and people’s dignity to be restored.

We’ve partnered with Church Action on Poverty to launch our new report, and share stories of lived experience of those trapped in debt by Covid-19.Visit the Website

We need your support, to make sure those who have been pushed into debt by Covid-19 are heard. Here’s what you could do today:

If you’ve got two minutes, watch our video to hear the stories of Leonie, Andrzej and Leanne, who have been pushed into debt by Covid-19. Hear their stories

If you’ve got five minutes, write to your MP calling on them to ask the Chancellor what the Government’s plans are to address this crisis. You can find your MP and send them an email on our website.Write to your MP

If you’ve got twenty minutes, read our report, exploring the UK’s covid-debt crisis, and why we think the biblical principle of Jubilee offers a solution. Read the reportIt’s not right that those with the fewest resources should bear the heaviest burden of the lockdown for years to come. We believe it’s time to Reset The Debt.

Keep an eye on our social media and our upcoming newsletters to hear more about how you can get involved in the campaign.

If you have any questions, or would like to share your stories of how Covid-19 debt is affecting your community, get in touch with us at enquiries@jointpublicissues.org.uk.

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