Truth and Lies about poverty

truthandliesExcellent new report out today laying bare six myths about the poor which enable the majority to live with the comfortable assumption that both poverty and wealth are deserved, from the Baptist, Methodist and United Reformed Churches and the Church of Scotland.

Download the report here

The myths exposed in the report, reinforced by politicians and the media, are convenient because they allow the poor to be blamed for their poverty, and the rest of society to avoid taking any of the responsibility. Myths hide the complexity of the true nature of poverty in the UK. They enable dangerous policies to be imposed on whole sections of society without their full consequences being properly examined. This report aims to highlight some comfortable myths, show how they have come to prominence and test them against serious evidence.

Tell your MP

Let your MP know that you care. A copy of the report has already been sent to every MP in the country, but now they need to know that their constituents care about this issue. Please write or email your MP  – ask them to ensure that they read the report and listen to its recommendations.


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2 Responses to Truth and Lies about poverty

  1. agewait says:

    Thank you for the heads-up re:this report – The more facts and figures and TRUE stories will assist and enable folks to challenge the awful impact of this shower of hired-hands, this LIE purporting to be a government. If there is to be any hope for our ‘democracy’, OUR NHS, OUR Welfare State we need to eject and reject the self-serving politics of all parties and remind them that they are ‘Servants of the People’ NOT Masters. I know the Bishop of Leicester is doing his best alongside a few other leaders to challenge the headlong charge into Private Health Insurance replacing our Welfare State, and the Privateers wholesale blitzkrieg on both these pillars of altruism – the nearest thing we had to enshrining the altruistic dreams of folk like Bevan, Beverage and William Temple.

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