CUF Research and Policy


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Our policy work aims to influence public debate and policy-making on issues affecting the communities in which we work, through reports, briefings, meetings, and contributions to government consultations. We take a relational approach, and aim to offer constructive, solution-orientated input that draws on our deep and long-term involvement in local communities across England. Key issues we have focussed on include social cohesion, social and financial inclusion, loneliness and isolation, and strengthening civil society.

In this section you can find our responses to government consultations, research reports relating to specific policy issues, and fast facts sheets.

Universal Credit: Everything You Need to Know

The Research and Policy Team at the Church Urban Fund has produced a new easily understandable guide called: ‘Universal Credit: Everything You Need to Know’. The guide quickly explains what the new benefits system is, who it’s for, and how to support someone applying for it.