As the Social Publishing Project launches Dying for Change, a manifesto on behalf of Quids in! readers and all low income and social tenant households, Anita Pati reviews what campaigning groups are demanding of the next Government.
It's a fine line between lobbying and political activity and, according to a report in the Independent, some charities have felt hamstrung when they want to speak out. But some have pushed their heads above the parapet to make sure people in need are not ignored.
Just £1000 in savings is all it takes to build financial resilience and cushion families from shock expenses, says debt charity StepChange. StepChange has launched an Action Plan on Problem Debt. While the British economy may be recovering, there are still too many “living on the edge” it says, with 21 million people in Britain struggling to pay bills.
It also wants more free debt advice to be available so that it reaches, “the 1.4 million people who urgently need advice but aren’t getting it”.
- AGE UK
Age UK is strident this election and offers a load of election campaigns and resources including its General Election Booklet, spelling out its ambition for the next parliament 2015-20. Check out the “Enough Money” section on page 10.
Watch 250 older people quiz MPs at an Age UK debate last month to find out what they would do to make the UK a great place to age. Those in the hotspot included the Prime Minister, David Cameron (Conservatives), Liz Kendall (Labour), Natalie Bennett (Green Party), and Mark Reckless (UKIP)
- FINANCIAL INCLUSION COMMISSION
The new Financial Inclusion Commission is a body of experts including politicians, financial managers, academics and charity workers which, “aims to make financial inclusion a national priority ahead of the 2015 General Election”. Its report sets out recommendations such as having senior government “financial champions”, and making financial services easier to access for excluded groups.
And some political response to it - from Labour and the LibDems...
- CARERS UK
For the past 12 years, Carers UK has pulled no punches when speaking out at general elections. Its campaign urges all political parties to stopping cutting carers’ support and to stop carer ill-health and isolation. Check out their resources on how to campaign without being politically partisan.
Acevo, the charity leaders network, has launched an election manifesto which argues for politicians “to use £470m from the record fines imposed on banks that manipulated foreign exchange rates to support charities and community groups”.
As reported in the Guardian, Acevo and the Charities Aid Foundation hosted a social leaders debate with the main UK political parties – including Rob Wilson, minister for civil society and shadow civil society and Labour MP Lisa Nandy.
IN THE NEWS
- ELECTION FORGETS THE POOR
Poverty has been written out of the election debate’s script. “Ministers gloss over the realities of modern life for millions while creating a political culture that is more anti-poor rather than anti-poverty,” argues The New Statesman
IN OTHER NEWS...
The Guardian is doing a handy poll projection based on all published constituency-level polls. See details
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has created a 2015 Election Hub that analyses parties’ pre-election pledges and examines major policies. Visit the Hub