General election 2019: how the people of East Anglia can help the world’s poorest people this election 

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Ahead of the general election on Thursday 12 December, it is important voters raise issues important to them with local candidates. Here are some issues you can raise with your candidates to help speak up for the world’s poorest communities. 

Aid

The aid budget is vital for tackling poverty. We need to ensure that it is focused on the needs of the world’s poorest people.

What can I say? “What will you, and your party, do to continue to tackle poverty overseas and to protect the quality of UK aid?”

Solar panels

Solar panels provide electricity to communities in the remotest corners of the world.

 Climate change

This summer CAFOD supporters from East Anglia campaigned to persuade the government to set a new climate change target. Now, politicians need to act.

What can I say? “The government has set a net zero emissions target of 2050. Do you support this target and how will you, and your party, make tackling climate change a priority to prevent more people being pushed into poverty by the climate crisis?”

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A CAFOD campaigner COP 24 in Poland December 2018

 Trade and migration

All trade deals negotiated after Brexit mustn’t harm the environment or poor communities – and migration rules must protect everyone’s dignity and rights.

What can I say? “How will you, and your party, ensure that Britain is an outward-looking, tolerant and welcoming nation in the years ahead?”  

STJ

The Pope invites Catholics to Share the Journey with people on the move.

Poverty in England and Wales

Whilst CAFOD helps vulnerable communities overseas, our sister charity CSAN supports people struggling with poverty here in England and Wales.

What can I say? “How would you and your party contribute to the availability of housing and jobs that reduce poverty and build up local community ties?”  

How to get in touch with local election candidates 

  • In person – Parliamentary candidates and canvassers often go door to door. This is your chance to raise your voice.
  • By email or letter – Candidates wanting to become an MP are listed on the Electoral Commission.
  • Through the media – why not write a letter to your local newspaper [link to local paper’s letters page] or contact your local radio station [link to local radio station]
  • On social media – you can tweet your questions and concerns to candidates.
  • At election hustings – local hustings information will be listed in local newspapers, websites and on the Churches Together network.

How to vote

You can register to vote online, by 26th November. The gov.uk website offers instructions on how to register, including how to receive a postal vote. When you’ve registered to vote, you will receive a polling card with information on which polling station you can vote at. You can also enter your postcode and find your polling station.

Crowds flock to St Edmund’s to light a candle

Many thanks to the CAFOD team in Bungay for sharing their latest news with us.

Crowds flocked to St Edmund’s church on Sunday during the Bungay Christmas Street Fair on 1 December to light a candle for a loved one or for a special intention. Organised by the  CAFOD team from the Bungay end of the parish – Sue Altarelli and Jenny Beaugeard – all proceeds from the 20p candles went to CAFOD. The candles and a craft stall selling cards by Sue Altarelli and cot quilts by parishioner Felicity Todd made £76.32 for CAFOD. Just as important, 182 people (and three dogs) visited the beautiful grade 1 church to pause a moment, reflect, look round and listen to Gregorian chant playing.

 

 

17th November CARITAS in East Anglia launch

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The Bishop commissioned members of the steering group during Mass

The work of CARITAS East Anglia was formally commissioned by Bishop Alan Hopes at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Norwich on Sunday November 17, followed by a special celebration lunch.

Commission member Hugh de Las Casas’s report is now available on the Diocesan website

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Parish representatives joined representatives from St Martin’s Housing Trust for lunch in the Narthex

 

CARITAS in East Anglia launch

17th November was World Day of the Poor. Jane Crone, CAFOD’s representative in East Anglia, is a member of the Catechetical Commission and attended the launch event.

Jane said,  ‘ It was a privilege to  represent CAFOD at the launch of CARITAS in East Anglia yesterday. Members of the Commission were commissioned during the Mass by Bishop Alan. Afterwards we served lunch to members of the St Martin’s Trust in the Narthex, and heard from CARITAS social action network  Development Officer Ged Edwards.’

Jacinta Goode, East Anglia’s CARITAS Director was interviewed on BBC Radio Suffolk this weekend. Hear her 1 hour and 10 minutes into the programme on BBC Sounds

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To find out more about the day take a look at the Diocesan website

There is more about CARITAS in East Anglia on the CARITAS page