The new food banks? Our plans for a social supermarket franchise!

Your-Local-Pantry-logoChurch Action on Poverty  is launching a new project that will enable people on low incomes across the UK to avoid the Poverty  Premium and escape food poverty, by getting good food at fair prices. Our Business Development Officer Dave Nicholson explains…

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Fairforyou: An affordable alternative to Brighthouse

Today sees the launch of Fairforyou – a new not-for-profit lending company, offering furniture and white goods at vastly cheaper prices than Brighthouse and other existing high cost lenders.

According to our independent cost comparison below, buying a Hotpoint fridge freezer will cost £584 from Fairforyou, compared with £1,326 from Brighthouse – an astonishing total cost saving of £742.

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Fair for You aims to provide transparent and affordable credit for essential household items to families who do not have access to mainstream finance.  Established in 2015, Fair for You has carried out extensive market research among lower income households to develop affordable, flexible and responsible credit to meet their needs. Importantly, loans can be repaid early, with no penalty; customers are encouraged to overpay, which many do; and there are no added fees for missed payments. If Fair for You’s credit checks show affordability is an issue, applicants are encouraged to seek debt advice. Continue reading

The Right to Food?

Following a report by Dr Hannah Lambie-Mumford of Sheffield University, Addressing Food Poverty in the UK: Charity, Rights and Welfare, Church Action on Poverty was invited to take the research to the next level. Our Poverty Media Coordinator Jackie and our Community Pride Linkworker Joyce explain how we’re now working with people in poverty to secure their right to food.

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Co-operative Society takes action on funeral poverty

Co-operative Funeral CareWe were delighted to hear that the Heart of England Co-operative Society has launched a new service to help people on low incomes manage the costs of funerals. This is great news in the light of our joint work with Quaker Social Action on the growing problem of funeral poverty.

You can read the full announcement from the Co-operative Society after the break.

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