Churches face increasing requests for financial help

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Dutch Protestant churches have seen the number of requests for financial assistance more than double in just two years. The information was published in the report Armoede in Nederland 2010 Poverty in the Netherlands 2010 by Kerk in Actie Church in Action on Wednesday.

Fifteen religious denominations took part in the research into poverty in the Netherlands, and more than 4,000 church social welfare groups, parish charity institutions and other church organisations were surveyed. Representatives of other social institutions, such as food banks and emergency funds were also interviewed.

The Protestantse Kerk in Nederland Protestant Church in the Netherlands saw the number of requests for financial assistance more than double from 7,300 in 2007 to nearly 16.000 in 2009.

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