Updated 29 October 2019

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Child Poverty in the UK

The Mothers' Union plays an active part in the coalition Grow Up Free From Poverty  formerly known as

International Action Against Child Poverty (IAACP)

One of the main aims of the coalition is to make more young people aware of the causes and effects of child poverty and encourage them to be actively involved in their communities.

The Background

3.6 million children live in poverty in the UK - 28% of all children. Children in poverty experience disadvantage and lack of opportunity. They are denied good health, education, housing and social activities. They often have low self esteem. Child poverty also affects the life chances of subsequent generations.

The UK government aimed to halve child poverty by 2010 and eradicate it by 2020. The Church must bring pressure to bear on the government to ensure it achieves this goal!

A Prayer

Creator God, in whose image we are all made, enable us to see that each person has an equal place in your plan. We pray for families facing the chasm of poverty, spirits daunted and dimmed by unemployment, burdened by debt, and opportunities but a dream. We pray for the lifting of crippling poverty so that the children of today and tomorrow may fly on soaring wings, with dreams strengthened into reality. Together with those in authority, may we in our churches, our homes and our work have the imagination to satisfy the priorities of the poor, and bring security, health and laughter to the children of our nation. Amen

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has sent me to bring good news to the poor...  to set free the oppressed.' Luke 4:18