Debt charity encourages Rugbeians to quiz candidates on poverty - The Rugby Observer

Debt charity encourages Rugbeians to quiz candidates on poverty

A DEBT help charity in Rugby is encouraging residents to ask their election candidates how they plan to tackle poverty in the town.

Christians Against Poverty (CAP), which runs a debt centre in Rugby, has launched a new online form that allows anyone to easily ask a question of their general election Prospective Parliamentary Candidates.

The charity says it is concerned about the lack of focus on poverty by all the main political parties.

Karen Swaffield, the manager of CAP Rugby’s Debt Centre in Lawford Road, said the impact of poverty on Rugby families was ‘huge’.

She said: “Every week I see clients who are trying to survive on incomes so low they don’t even cover the basics. Even after we’ve given all our professional debt advice, half the people we see have so little income their budgets simply can’t be made to balance.

“Skipping meals, going without heating on cold days, sleepless nights, feeling anxious, depressed and isolated – this is what living in poverty looks like for many of the people I help in our town.

“Almost half our clients considered or attempted suicide before coming to us for help.”

She said poverty was a matter of public urgency and must be a priority for the next government.

She added: “It’s important that anyone putting themselves forward as a candidate has an understanding of how rising costs combined with low incomes are impacting our community, and is committed to supporting local organisations to help tackle poverty.”

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