Equality

North Wales

Quakers

 

Crynwyr

Gogledd Cymru

An image of the Quakers' bi-lingual symbol.

Economic Justice Group

Equality

 

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Linkages with Minute 36/Call for Equality work

 

We have been trying to find out how Minute 36 (2015) is being followed up within the national Quaker community, to identify possible sources of support and information, natural groupings that we can work with, and whether any national planning or coordination is taking place. Through desk research and communication with the Deputy Recording Clerk, it seems that there is not yet a long term Quaker strategy on economic justice, which local and area meetings can ‘slot into’. More it is a matter of informal interplay between central and local work, and attempts to find suitable networking partners amongst other Quaker meetings. Central work staff will advise and support us as best they can, and vice versa.

 

January’s Earth and Economy update e mail highlighted that our group is keen to connect with other economic justice groups of other local or area meetings, and that ‘we hope that this could become the start of a Quaker Economic Justice Network that can connect Friends across the country to stay in touch and get support’.

 

David Mellor

23.02.17

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Poverty

 

We feel that addressing income inequality, its causes and consequences, are a key part of our economic justice witness. So in Autumn 2016 it was timely that Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) produced the report ‘We can solve poverty in the UK’, which is a far reaching and authoritative approach.

 

This includes a five-point plan which aims (by 2030) to: boost incomes and reduce costs; deliver an effective benefit system; improve education standards and raise skills; strengthen families and communities; and promote long-term economic growth benefiting everyone.

 

The plan makes it clear that this strategy needs coordinated central planning and action by a range of bodies, based on partnerships, complemented by local action, and a high level of political will.

 

JRF and the Bevan Foundation have also produced ‘Prosperity without poverty: a framework for action in Wales’, described as the first comprehensive plan showing how to solve poverty in Wales by 2030. This ‘sets out a vision of a country where no-one is ever destitute, less than one in ten of the population are in poverty at any one time and nobody is in poverty for more than two years’. See JRF: 'Poverty costs Wales £3.6 billion every year'

 

We have decided that a key stepping stone is to work in partnership with others on this and other topics, first finding out ‘who is already doing what’ in our localities, for example, churches, Foodbanks, local regeneration bodies, credit unions, Equality Trust local groups, voluntary services, Green Christians; accessing data from Welsh Government on poverty by ward; to link up with the Bevan Foundation; and to support Quakers. There may also be greater motivation for local action if it is in the knowledge of fitting within a national action framework. We will ask Meeting of Friends in Wales if it can engage with the Wales plan.

 

David Mellor

23.02.17

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