Diocese of Manchester

    Bishop backs call to 'fix' universal credit

    The Bishop of Manchester, David Walker, is supporting the End Hunger UK petition, calling on the government to "fix Universal Credit" to reduce the number of families struggling to feed themselves in areas where it is being rolled out.

    Bishop David is backing the campaign which is outlined in a letter from the Bishop of Durham. Bishop David said, "I am particularly concerned about the growing number of families who are reliant on food banks as a result of ongoing, but resolvable, problems with the design and implementation of Universal Credit." In areas where the combined benefit has been rolled out, the Trussell Trust reports a 52% increase in the number of people visiting food banks.

    End Hunger UK petition

    Bishop David encourages churches to look into the issues for themselves and consider signing the End Hunger UK petition that will be presented to the Prime Minister in November.

    Perhaps you could collect signatures for the petition in your church and local food bank. Harvest services could be a good time to do this, or during End Hunger Week (13-20 October).

    Full details are at endhungeruk.org and you can sign the petition online there.

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