Inequality & austerity

News from the Quaker Living Wage Campaign

With Living Wage Week (31 October–5 November) just around the corner, and Mid-Thames Area Meeting recently becoming accredited as a Living Wage Employer, it seemed fitting to check in with the campaign. Ruth Tod from Henley Meeting, who helped coordinate this recent accreditation, describes the steps to success. Several Friends in our area are part […]

Competition – a poem

James Bruges, from Redland Meeting, recently wrote an insightful poem which relates well to present discussions on what goals, and for whom, the present economic structures work for. Thank you James!   Competition You must compete said the chancellor, this will make us rich, the envy of the world.   You must compete said the […]

Symposium on tax justice in Scotland

    Saturday, 29th October, 2016, 10.00 am to 11.50 am Edinburgh Independent and Radical Book Fair, Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh, EH6 8RG   Elizabeth Allen, a member of General Meeting for Scotland’s Parliamentary Liaison Function Group, explains more about the Symposium and her hopes about how it could […]

Social security cuts poised to worsen inequality

The Welfare Reform and Work Act received Royal Assent on 16 March 2016. QPSW, alongside many individual Friends and Quaker meetings, actively campaigned against the Bill. Suzanne Ismail, Economic Issues Programme Manager, writes about what the new Act means. The Welfare Reform and Work Act was presented as a key part of the government’s plan […]

A Quaker Living Wage campaign

Lancaster Quakers have been running a local Living Wage campaign for nearly a year. They are now inviting other Quakers to join them. Ann Morgan, a member of Lancaster Quaker Living Wage Project Group, explains what has been happening and how you can get involved. Photo: Friends in Lancaster call for local businesses to pay […]

Challenging social security cuts

Quakers from across Britain have been speaking out against proposals that would further weaken our social security system. Suzanne Ismail explains. Photo: One of the campaign posters QPSW produced in 2014 for Friends to use when campaigning for a fairer economy. The Welfare Reform and Work Bill, which is currently making its way through the […]

Challenging injustice and inequality

At Yearly Meeting Quakers throughout Britain were asked to take action to challenge inequality and social injustice. Suzanne Ismail reports on how the decision arose and what has happened since. Photo: Friends at Yearly Meeting 2015. Credit: Mike Pinches for Britain Yearly Meeting. “As a yearly meeting we are restless to take corporate action to […]

Not in Our Name

NOT IN OUR NAME – DECLARATIONS I have a notion that in the national consciousness Quakers are seen as a trusted repository of social justice: when we say something is wrong, an injustice and that we do not consent to it, it is heard. If this is so, where is our distinctive Quaker action in […]

How can Friends respond to the Housing Crisis?

On 11-13 September 2015 a ‘threshing meeting’ was held at the Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre to discern what Quakers might do to respond to the injustices of housing inequality and lack of affordable homes in Britain.  The meeting was set up following minutes made at Yearly Meeting 2015 and bought together Friends with a wide […]

The Need for a new ‘Information Commons’ as part of a democratic renewal

Article by Gavin Barker, a Friend from Truro Friends continue to campaign on economic inequality up and down the country. In Truro, we will be looking once again at renewing the  campaign we started prior to the election and seeing what other actions we can take in addition to the letters we wrote to candidates […]

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