Dear Justice Mail friends,
It costs more to live if you are poor. If you need to borrow money urgently, the banks may not help. You may be forced to go to a loan shark. The interest charges on credit cards may well be greater if you have no history of credit. Your mortgage repayments are likely to demand a greater proportion of your income. You may not be able to afford good quality food and will pay a health premium. Even if you are in employment, your income may not cover your family living costs.
Church Action on Poverty describes this situation as the ‘Poverty Premium’. Will the incoming government in 2015 create policies to address this unjust discrimination against poor people? To read CAP’s full report on the ‘Poverty Premium’, follow the link below, where you can also send a message to Jo Swinson MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs. Personalise your message by saying where you live and what your normal occupation is. Describe why this issue matters to you.
‘Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy’ (Proverbs 31:8-9).
John Hull, Queen’s College Justice Mail