Where mercy and justice meet


Personal debt is a significant problem in Britain today, with the average debt per household at over £54,000 (including mortgages), which equates to over £29,000 of debt per adult in the UK – or 112% of average earnings per person (The Money Charity). The Centre for Social Justice has identified ‘serious personal debt’as one of its five ‘pathways to poverty’. At the same time, churches across the country are running debt centres and money courses to help people who are overwhelmed by financial problems. Christians Against Poverty and Community Money Advice are leading the way in helping people out of debt. Research by Jubilee+ demonstrates the significant impact churches are having in this area, not just to those who are heavily in debt, but also to their families, lenders and the wider community. However, there is more to be done, particularly in terms of preventing serious debt in the first place.

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