Mission

LIES ABOUT POVERTY: shattering the myths: 13 million people - including 3.6 million children - live in poverty in the UK today. A major new report, launched by four leading Churches including the Methodist Church, shows how evidence and statistics have been misused, misrepresented and manipulated to create myths that blame and stigmatise the most vulnerable in society. The Churches hope that the report, The lies we tell ourselves: ending comfortable myths about poverty, will empower Christians and others to challenge myths and lies about poverty wherever they find them.

Every MP and Member of the Scottish Parliament has been given a copy with a challenge to speak truthfully about poverty and welfare reform. You can get involved in the following ways:

* Read the report for yourself.   (Click here to read the report)

* See how many myths about poverty you may have absorbed without realising it.

* Email your MP.

* Ask your MP to read and respond to the report.

* Arrange a meeting with your MP. It may be easier than you might think.