Reset the Debt: A fresh start for families in Britain swept into debt by Covid-19.

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Reset the Debt: A fresh start for families in Britain swept into debt by Covid-19.

The experience of the pandemic has been hard for so many of us. But for many families who were already only just surviving it has also meant huge amounts of unavoidable debt. Many people have had to borrow in order to pay for basics such as food.

The lockdown has magnified the inequalities in society. While higher income groups were able to pay off debt, the huge increase in Covid debt has been focused on the poorest families and the groups who were already most disadvantaged — Black families, for example, are 3 times more likely than white families to carry Covid-debt. Families with children or disabled people have also been badly hit.

Measures to pause evictions or arrears simply delay debt collection, and mean the stress and burden of debt may continue for years. We need a just and urgent solution to release people who are already on low incomes from this unavoidable and unpayable debt so they are on a firmer footing to face the uncertain economic winter.

Together with the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Church of Scotland and the United Reformed Church, and Church Action on Poverty, the Methodist Church is calling on the Chancellor to establish a Jubilee Fund, to give families a fresh start, free from Covid debt.

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