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Society – CAP in BBC documentary

November 2018

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Debt management charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) featured in a BBC Two documentary The Debt Saviours on 5 October 2018.

This followed the lives of CAP clients and frontline workers in the middle of the current UK poverty epidemic, and showed the work being done through local churches.

The BBC programme information read, ‘Across Britain more than four million people have debts considered unsustainable’.

Responsibility for advising and helping these vulnerable people is increasingly falling to charities. One of the biggest is Christians Against Poverty (CAP), led by its charismatic founder, Dr John Kirkby CBE.

‘In this access-all-areas documentary, director Phillip Wood (Chasing Dad, Rehab), follows Dr Kirkby and some of the charity’s debt coaches. CAP has more than 6,000 staff and volunteers around the country providing help to people who often face losing their homes.

‘The film shows how the home visits often include an offer to pray with clients, and asks whether the real motivation is debt relief or bringing people to Jesus, or both’.