The church is stepping up to support those in debt as news emerges of increasing demand for debt advice.

The Just Finance Network has grown out of the Archbishop’s Task Group on Responsible Credit and Savings and after 2 successful pilots is anticipating a rollout to 30 diocese which will train 6,000 volunteers and benefit 2.5 million people.

The Church is stepping to up meet demand after it was today announced that the first 6 months of 2016 saw a total of 313,679 people contact StepChange to receive debt advice, the most ever for a 6 month period.

This is a part of a wider reality of 8 million people in the UK who are in financial distress because of problem debt, lack of savings, and poor financial education. These money problems are having an impact on our mental and physical health, our relationships, and our careers.

Local churches are promoting credit unions to provide affordable loans and ethical savings, they’re running budgeting courses, and signposting to free debt advice services. This work is due to expand with the rollout.

Churches can get involved this harvest to raise money for the Just Finance Network. The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Mustard Seed Appeal has been running over the summer and will culminate as churches across the country share their harvest.

To find out more take a look at www.mustardseedappeal.org.uk

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