The general election on 8 June gives us a fantastic opportunity to stand up for those living in poverty.
In the words of Christian Aid chair Dr Rowan Williams: ‘As we enter the election period and debate the terms of Brexit, Britain's political and social landscape is in flux. We face great choices about the soul and future of our nation… all of us as individuals can play a vital role in shaping the nation we want to be.’
We know that charity begins at home, but it doesn’t end there.
Politicians standing for election in your area are keen to hear about issues that matter to you. And sometimes the voice of the poorest in our world can get lost amid other issues.
Now is the time for you to remind our parliamentary candidates that there are a huge number of us throughout Britain who want to see our role in fighting poverty around the world continue and strengthen. Let them see the power of our numbers and the strength of our commitment.
What we want candidates to do
- Defend the UK aid budget. Since the 1990s, UK aid has helped to halve the number of people living in extreme poverty and brought access to improved drinking water to 2 billion people.
- Ensure that Britain continues to act as a global leader in tackling climate change, both at home and abroad. Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing the communities we support overseas.
- Support measures to make tax more transparent. Developing countries currently lose around $200bn a year due to tax dodging by multinational companies.
- Champion the rights of the 65 million people around the world who are on the move – both refugees and people who have been forced from their homes and displaced within their own countries.