Poverty, austerity and choosing a different path
13 August 2019 by Suzanne Ismail
Quakers seek to balance public campaigning with dialogue with government and politicians. We respond to consultations, make submissions to parliamentary committees, and meet political representatives to discuss our concerns.
Our political work has three strands. We:
We work on issues where we are called to act by our faith. This means that we go through a careful process of reflection before we speak out.
If you want to speak out as a Quaker, begin by considering whether your concern is already a Yearly Meeting concern. If it isn't, please test it with your local meeting. .
If your local meeting wishes to adopt it as a concern, they can send it to the area meeting. The area meeting can send it on to Meeting for Sufferings.
If you would like to take action on a political issue, we can provide advice and support. We can:
We can also give talks on political engagement to meetings. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please let us know if you contact a politician. That might be your MP, MSP (Scotland), AM (Wales) or a member of the House of Lords. Please complete this short form to record political engagement (offsite link). This will help us keep track of who has been contacted and on which issues.
If you are going to meet one of your elected representatives, please help us increase our impact by briefing yourself on other current Quaker concerns before the meeting.
We attend some of the political parties' conferences every year. We often go as part of a delegation with other churches.
We respond to government consultations, brief MPs and others on legislation, and send letters to the government. Sometimes we do this jointly with other organisations. You can find our most recent statements and government submissions from our Quaker concerns page.
We work to engage the UK Parliament in Westminster, the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly and local councils. We also work with the Quaker Council for European Affairs (off-site link) on Europe-wide issues.
For Westminster, Wales, local councils and the EU:
Parliamentary Engagement Officer
020 7664 1107
Scottish Parliamentary Engagement Officer
07419 991 246