Quakers for Equality and the Common Good
We CAN afford to care!
What sort of a society do you want to live in?
We as Quakers, who believe in equality, social justice and the right for all to live in dignity, have spent 13 days riding by bike, mobility scooter or on public transport from Swarthmoor Hall, Cumbria to No.10, Downing Street to hand in a passionate declaration and make public our concern for how the most vulnerable in society are being marginalised.
We are following in the footsteps of an early founding member of Quakers, Margaret Fell. In the spring of 1660 in a spirit of non-violence, she rode on horseback from Swarthmoor Hall, in Cumbria, to London with a declaration to appeal to King Charles II to end the persecution and suffering of Quakers. At that time Quakers stood ‘outside the protection’ of the State, which echoes the plight of many people today.
Today we are *shocked* to hear of the impact and pace of recent changes:
• the distress caused by welfare reassessments,
• the rise in the use of food banks – a 6.64% increase and 16.85% rise in areas where universal credit is being rolled out.
It's forecasted that as many as 5.1 million children are likely to be living in poverty by 2020, and that incomes of the poorest 5% are predicted to fall in the next 5 years to such a level that they won’t be able to afford essentials.
• 23% of the population are on less than the living wage - the decline in the value of wages in the UK is one of the largest amongst all the developed countries (except for Greece, Mexico and Portugal)
This is not the sort of society that we want to live in - and we believe a different future is possible if we work collectively for these ends
An action supported by Kendal and Sedbergh Quaker Area Meeting
Please look at our Declaration that we handed into 10. Downing Street :