Jubilee+ Team
An open letter to the Prime Minister

Christians Against Poverty recently wrote a letter to the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, asking him to ensure that financial help is given to churches and the charitable sector in this time of crisis. Jubilee+ was one of 20 signatories to the letter, which read:

Dear Prime Minister,

We would like to start by thanking you for all you are doing to lead this nation through this unprecedented situation and for the incredible efforts you have made to keep us in touch with your plans.

Our world is in the thick of a crisis like no other; our families, our society, our economy are being challenged in previously unimaginable ways.  

Thankfully, this country has a resource which is used to stepping up, supporting and finding solutions. This resource is the Church: a body of people who know all about compassionately supporting people in their communities and inspiring others to do the same. 

Working hard alongside the churches are a myriad of Christian charities who exist to equip and support the Church as they look after those around them. Right now, in the most difficult of times, we are doing what Jesus told us to do: to love our neighbour.

The Church is an unequalled army of highly motivated and experienced volunteers, on the ground in every city, town and village. Equipped by the charities we represent, we see them:

  • Help people manage their money and deal with personal debt 
  • Inform and support those needing government help
  • Deliver food parcels to vulnerable people
  • Ensure children in poverty are prioritised
  • Reach those who are not online and ensure they are cared for
  • Help people stay healthy and positive, especially those with poor mental health
  • Connect those who want to give and volunteer with those in need
  • Bring hope and address loneliness at a very local level
  • Assist in safeguarding some of society's most vulnerable children
  • Send support to and stand in solidarity with communities living in extreme poverty around the world. 

We know that a future economic downturn will mean that our care will be needed more than ever. The challenge is seeing our income plummet at the same time as circumstances dictate we step up, which diminishes our ability to support local churches in doing what they do best.

We appreciate the ways the Chancellor has helped families and businesses in this time of crisis and urgently ask that the same support may be found for the vital work of the charitable sector and the Church, as we continue to do all we can.

You can read the letter, and see the list of signatories on the CAP UK website.