photoThe 2nd November 2016  found Mary Kilcoyne Director of Catholic Children’s Society, Mrs Christine Smith ( trustee) and Mrs Carol Lawrence (trustee) in the Terrace Pavilion House of Commons. The purpose of the gathering was to discuss and share with Members of Parliament and members of the House of Lords our concerns about the increase in numbers of Homeless People and the negative effects of the new legislation, coming into being this week, on benefits.  Statistics tell us that 29% of children living in Merseyside area are living in poverty. Here in the Wirral 400 families will immediately be put at risk of homelessness due to the severity of these cuts. Many of the families, with whom we work, are concerned about their immediate futures. Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Lord Alton of Liverpool spoke eloquently on the subject and congratulated all the organisations in the room for their valiant work in difficult circumstances.  Marcus Jones MP assured organisations present that money would be released by the government to help those most affected by the legislation, to address their short term needs ( What about the long term ones?). Organisations from the various dioceses also discussed how best we can work together and become more effective. This network is always generous in its time and willingness to help members grow and develop and fulfil their mission to bring about change by responding to the gospel imperative in Matthew 25.