Poverty on Budget Day

It’s Budget Day today and we wait to see how the Chancellor will deal with the economic issues facing us at the moment.  It sometimes seems hard to work out what’s really going on; different newspapers have different points of view and I’m often left wondering what to think.

The Baptist Union participates in a group called the Joint Public Issues Team*, or JPIT for short.  This group describes its aim as “…to promote equality and justice by influencing those in power and by energising and supporting local congregations.”  They do this by providing information about complex issues to churches and those involved in government.

It seems appropriate on Budget Day when there is so much argument about poverty to publicise their latest report, entitled “The lies we tell ourselves: ending comfortable myths about poverty”  It’s a discussion of some of the myths that appear in the papers and helps us to think about God’s perspective.  It’s a big read, but there’s an executive summary at the beginning so you can get the main points.

You can find the report here:  The lies we tell ourselves: ending comfortable myths about poverty

And find out more about the work of JPIT here:  JPIT

*along with the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church

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