Holding on by a shoestring: Tracking the impact of the cuts on voluntary groups in England's most deprived areas

Voluntary groups have a vital role to play in supporting some of the poorest and most marginalised people in our society, especially in the current economic climate when many people are suffering the effects of rising unemployment, higher living costs and cuts in local services.

This study, which follows an earlier report in March, looks at how church, and faith-based projects in deprived areas, are coping in the light of the spending cuts, based on a survey of nearly 150 CUF-supported projects. 

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Tackling Homelessness Together: A study of nine faith-based housing projects

Church-based voluntary projects are reaching out effectively to many thousands of people suffering homelessness and other related problems up and down the country.

This new report summarises the results of a study carried out by CUF and Housing Justice to understand how churches are responding to housing-related issues in their communities and how more might be done to make a bigger impact.

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Life Expectancy Wirral: How churches are tackling local inequality

Life expectancy varies by up to 11 years across the five-mile wide Wirral peninsula - a pattern that is mirrored in many other parts of the country.

As Christians and churches, how do we feel when we see these vast differences in health and opportunities and what can we do to stop this injustice? It was in response to these questions that the Bishop of Birkenhead and the Diocese of Chester set up the Life Expectancy Wirral programme in 2009, with funding from CUF. This report outlines some of the key findings.



Area-Based Poverty and Exclusion in England

This report highlights the inequalities between the most deprived areas in England – where most of CUF’s support is targeted – and wealthier areas, showing how almost every aspect of human existence is impacted by poverty.

It uniquely combines the views of local project leaders on the issues affecting their communities with a comprehensive statistical profile of the problems they identified. The examples given by project leaders show how these problems are closely interlinked, trapping people in a ‘web of poverty’.

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The Living Wage and the Role of the Church

CUF, Church Action on Poverty and the Diocese of London ran a workshop to explore issues around the Living Wage and the way that the wider Church should respond, both as a spiritual body with a public voice and as an employer.

What is a Christian perspective on the Living Wage? And what can or should churches and individual Christians be doing to promote it? Four Living Wage proponents, shared their experiences and perspectives during the workshop; their views, along with a selection of case studies, are presented here.





At the Cutting Edge: A survey of the impact of the spending cuts

This report summarises the results of a special survey carried out by CUF and Church Action on Poverty to monitor the impact of the public spending cuts on voluntary groups in the most deprived areas of England.

Undertaken in January 2011, the aim is to get beyond the headline numbers - an £81 billion reduction in government expenditure over four years - to how this is impacting at a grassroots level, through the eyes of project leaders who are working with some of the most marginalised people in our society.

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Working well in a multi-faith community

St Christopher's Church is based in predominantly Muslim area in Birmingham. Over the last few years, it has worked with the mosque across the road and the local council and recently opened the Springfield Children's Centre. The church has been able to engage positively and effectively. Find out the lessons learnt from the CUF case study "Let's Get On":




Churches in Action

Case studies of ‘Church in Action’ presented in this report evidence the breadth of activity undertaken by churches and church-based organisations in addressing deprivation and disadvantage in the local communities that they serve.

The six projects showcased (see below) have benefited from a variety of support from CUF, including funding towards the costs of building work or salaries, and practical advice and information.




Believing in local action

This study aims to identify the benefits of successful partnership working between third sector local infrastructure organisations (LIOs) and local faith communities. It also offers some points for good practice which can be considered and adapted in the light of local circumstances. It provides material which will be of particular use to local infrastructure organisations, as well as faith organisations and networks.