24 Jun 2022 | Posted In Money advice news

Christians Against Poverty (CAP) has published its latest client report entitled ‘On the edge’. Officially launched at a Westminster reception attended by MALG’s CEO Bob Winnington, it contains stats, client stories and up to date info on CAP’s work around the UK to empower people to get out of debt and poverty.

Key statistics from the report include:

  • The amount owed in priority debt among new clients has risen from £5,852 to £6,698
  • 43%of clients in 2021 had deductions automatically taken their social security payments to repay debt
  • 36%of CAP clients attempted or considered suicide as a way out debt, before seeking help
  • 75%of new CAP clients in 2021 had arrears in either Council Tax, water, energy or rent
  • 36%borrowed in order to pay an essential household bill
  • 63%of CAP clients (2021) pursued insolvency, with a 12% increase in those going through a Debt Relief Order

CAP client Julie, a nursing home carer from Port Talbot, who is now debt free, said:

“There was hope for me, and there is hope for other people trapped in debt and poverty right now. I believe there is hope for a future where poverty doesn’t exist and people can live their lives free from the despair it causes, if we all do our bit. We all have a part to play in this. That’s why I urge you to hear the stories behind the statistics, like mine.”

Download the report here.

Gareth McNab, Director of External Affairs, Christians Against Poverty

Money Advice Trust has also recently published its 2021 outcomes report – read it here.