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Holiday Hunger, Summer 2020

Each year around 3 million children – of whom 1 million receive free school meals – are at risk of “holiday hunger”. These families’ budgets have difficulty stretching to meet the added costs of having children at home full time. … Continue reading

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General Assembly round up 11 July 2020

The United Reformed Church (URC) held a live-streamed version of its General Assembly – the URC’s main decision-making body – on YouTube today (11 July). The Revd John Proctor, outgoing United Reformed Church General Secretary, welcomed viewers to what was the first online act of General Assembly worship in the URC’s history. Mr Proctor said: “Wherever you are, we are glad that you share with us,” before setting out how the service would run. Mr Proctor then invited Derek Estill, Moderator of the URC General Assembly, to constitute the meeting with prayer. After Mr Estill did so, he confirmed that Assembly… Continue reading

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Universal Credit is still not delivering

Today, the government spending watchdog the National Audit Office has reported on Universal Credit and has again found it wanting. The government has been very keen to say how successful they have been in enrolling people onto Universal Credit during … Continue reading

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Mission Council round up 10 July 2020

The United Reformed Church held a unique digital version of Mission Council, the executive body of General Assembly, on 10 July. This came after the URC was forced in May to cancel its biennial meeting of General Assembly due to the threat of coronavirus and health and safety. The day, comprising three sessions, began with a welcome from Derek Estill, Moderator of the General Assembly “It’s so good to be here in this format for the very first time,” Mr Estill said. “It’s good to know we are together even though we are in this unusual communication. I hope that during… Continue reading

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Why we need a new vision for an economy where everyone can flourish

A response to the budget update on 8th July 2020. The Chancellor’s budget update yesterday focused on building employment. The scale of the challenge ahead is huge, and an emergency response is welcome and necessary. But if we genuinely want this crisis to be a turning point, where we … Continue reading

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Guernsey churches return to “normal”

Guernsey United Reformed Church (URC) and the islands’ inhabitants have welcomed the lifting of all coronavirus restrictions. Phase four of the island’s exit strategy was brought forward by six weeks which allowed churches, restaurants, cafes, hairdressers and beauticians to reopen, along with cinemas, gyms and sports venues with social distancing measures in place. However, the island is now in phase five of the strategy, which has been nicknamed the “Bailiwick bubble” by locals and is a return to near normality after having no Covid-19 cases had been reported since 26 May. Read More … … Continue reading

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Keep KitKat Fairtrade

Nestlé has announced that from October 2020 KitKats will no longer contain Fairtrade cocoa and sugar.  Instead, Nestlé is moving to the promotion of its own Cocoa Plan and the Rainforest Alliance certification.  As a result 27,000 sugar and cocoa … Continue reading

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Faith leaders call for a green recovery

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The Methodist Conference has voted for progress towards radical change to support the Church’s engagement in God’s mission

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Government to review hostile environment policies

The Moderators of the United Reformed Church (URC) General Assembly have welcomed the announcement that the government has committed to implementing all the recommendations of the independent report into the Windrush scandal, which was published in March. This includes a review of ‘hostile environment’ immigration policies. Read More … … Continue reading

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