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MPs Urged to Attend Debt Debate

Tuesday July 6 2021


Christian anti-poverty campaigners are urging supporters to make sure their MPs take part in a debate on Covid-19 and debt on Thursday.

The Reset the Debt campaign is calling on the UK Government to set up a fund to pay off and cancel unavoidable debt accrued by households during the lockdown period.

This Thursday, there will be a backbench debate in the Westminster Parliament on the impact of the pandemic on household debt, and campaigners are hoping as many MPs as possible will attend to raise the profile of the issue.

The debt charity StepChange estimates that 11 million people in the UK have built up £25 billion of arrears and debt since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the poorest households being the hardest hit.

The campaign was launched by the Joint Public Issues Team (a partnership of the Baptist Union, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church, with the Church of Scotland as an associate partner) and Churches Action on Poverty. In addition to the debt cancellation, it also calls for long-term change in the form of better jobs and real income security.

Learn more about the campaign and how to write to your MP here.


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