The Revd Sonia Hicks and Barbara Easton, the President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, have joined over 1100 church leaders in urging the Government to think again about cutting Universal Credit payments by £20 a week from the start of October.
In their letter to the Prime Minister, organised by Church Action on Poverty and Christians Against Poverty, church leaders say:
"If the Government persists with this cut, it would be the single biggest overnight reduction in the basic rate of social security since the welfare state was established in the 1940s. Millions of low income households will be swept further into poverty as a result."
Church at the Margins Officer and Former Vice-President of the Methodist Church, Eunice Attwood, said:
"Cutting £20 a week from families who are just keeping their heads above water cannot be right.
"Every day we see in churches and foodbanks people with huge potential, bursting to contribute who cannot move forward because the struggle simply to make ends meet is all consuming. I urge ministers to come to a church project and see the difference £20 a week makes for some families.
"We believe that everyone should be able to fulfil the potential God has placed within them and that we should do all that is necessary to prevent people being held back by poverty."
To see the full text of the letter, click here.