Life on the Breadline: The Rise of Poverty and Inequality in the UK

Faith and Peaceful Relations Forum
Life on the Breadline: The Rise of Poverty and Inequality in the UK

 Wednesday 21 June – 14.00 – 16.00
Coventry University Campus – George Eliot, GE136

Since its establishment in May 2016 the ‘Faith and Peaceful Relations Forum’ has explored the task of building peaceful cities, attitudes towards ethnic and religious diversity in the aftermath of the 2016 UK decision to leave the European Union and the role that faith groups can play in conflict prevention and peacebuilding. The Forum brings together practitioners from faith and community groups, city council officials and academics whose research explores the relationship between faith, peace and social justice. To date the network has engaged with more than 100 people and has begun to attract attention from practitioners, academics and policy-makers across the UK. More details about the Forum can be found by going to the project web site and blog –

The next meeting of the Forum will be from 14.00-16.00 on 21st June. Our ‘Life on the Breadline – Faith, Politics and Poverty’ seminar will be led by Dr Chris Shannahan, an urban theologian and Research Fellow at CTPSR and Niall Cooper, the national director of the high profile advocacy organisation Church Action on Poverty, which has been in the vanguard of campaigns against poverty and for a living wage for more than 25 years.

We will be exploring the resurgence of poverty in the UK during the ‘age of austerity’ and the impact that this has had on faith-based activism. Faith groups appear to be stepping in to support socially excluded communities in the UK as government spending cuts bite but this role of ‘service providers’ is a contentious one and increasingly faith-based organisations are involved in campaigning for more wide-ranging structural change.

Join us if you can. Admission is free but it would be helpful if you could please email Charlotte Martin at [email protected] to let us know you are coming.

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