Could The Staggering Social Contribution Of Religious Groups Be The Antidote To Austerity Cuts religious desktop icons
Churches, mosques, synagogues and other faith-based groups give an equivalent of £3 billion worth of time to social projects and are filling the "widening gaps" left by sweeping government cuts, a new report has claimed.
The report, from the charity Cinnamon Network, estimates that two million people - the vast majority of them volunteers - from faith groups give at least 384 million hours a year to projects like food banks, drop-in groups, debt advice, family support, employment coaching and temporary accomodation.
A significant 288 million of those hours are unpaid, the report claims, and 48 million people are receiving much-needed support from religious groups every year.
But with more cuts expected and scant chance of more government spending on social services in the near future, local churches and faith groups need to do even more to help their communities, it says.