Poverty, austerity and choosing a different path
13 August 2019 by Suzanne Ismail
Quakers want an economic system that has equality, justice and environmental sustainability at its heart.
In 2011, the annual gathering of British Quakers noted that 'the global economic system is posited on continued expansion and growth, and in its pursuit of growth it is often unjust, violent and destructive.' Quaker work on economic justice springs from this understanding.
We are part of a wider movement working to build a 'new economy' that puts people and planet before profit. As well as learning more about our economic system to inform and inspire our witness, Quakers are working to challenge injustices and build positive, practical alternatives.
Tax is a vital tool for building a fair society. A good tax system can redistribute wealth more equally, fund high-quality public services, and discourage damaging activities like burning fossil fuels. Quakers are working to promote this positive vision and challenge the view of tax as a 'burden' to be minimised. We campaign for tax transparency and are exploring fairer ways of taxing pollution and wealth.
Quakers are exploring a vision of an economy that puts people and the planet before profit, and taking steps to make it a reality. We have produced a series of seven booklets exploring aspects of the new economy, designed for use by reading groups. We are also building up a resource bank with information sheets and session plans for groups interested in taking practical action.
High levels of economic inequality are damaging the fabric of British society. Quakers are involved in initiatives to support people experiencing poverty and are calling for greater political action to address the root causes of inequality.
An effective social safety net based on dignity and compassion is a vital foundation of a just society. Changes to Britain's welfare system in recent years are hitting the poorest hardest. Quakers campaign to ensure that everyone has access to the resources they need.
Our bank accounts, pension funds and investments make us all a part of the global financial system. QPSW provides information and support to Quakers trying to manage financial resources in a way that is consistent with their beliefs.
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