Truth and lies about poverty

In 1753 John Wesley (one of the founders of Methodism) said, “So wickedly, devilishly false is that common objection, ‘They are poor, only because they are idle’.” Yet today church-goers and the general public alike are willing to believe that the key factors driving poverty in the UK are the personal failings of the poor – especially ‘idleness’.

The Methodist Church, along with Baptist, URC and Church of Scotland partners, has produced a report which lays bare six myths about the poor which enable the majority to live with the comfortable assumption that both poverty and wealth are deserved.

As a city-centre church which hosts a project for the homeless run by people from many different churches we see what poverty can do in 21st century Britain. Please read the report – and act on it.

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