Act on Poverty

Irene Scannell, campaign volunteer

Behind the door of No 10 is a Prime Minister with the power to cut global poverty. But he’ll only act if we tell him to.

The Act on Poverty campaign aims to introduce the issues we care about to the new Government. pushing for a fair climate change deal at the UN * honouring their commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of national income on aid for the poorest by 2013 * ensuring businesses are accountable to people in poor countries affected by their operations.

Patricia and Frieda from St Angela's School

What does the new Coalition Government mean for aid? Tentatively, it’s so far so good. The new government protected aid spending in the recent Emergency Budget and say they are still planning to introduce legislation to secure the UK’s commitment to spend 0.7% of national income on aid.

On 3rd June, 2010, the new Secretary of State for International Development said:

“We won’t balance the books on the backs of the world’s poorest”.

Please Act on Poverty by taking our email action. Here you will also find all the resources you need to organise a card signing in your parish, school or other group including instructions to make your own No 10 door. Please don’t forget to upload your images and let us know what you are doing!

Last week, Frieda and Patience (above) – 6th form students from St Angela’s Forest Gate – visited the office to volunteer for a day and were soon making models of the No 10 door for us to use at events over the summer. Keep a look out for the famous black door at Aylesford Youth Festival, Gilwell 24 Explorer Scout event and V2010.

3 thoughts on “Act on Poverty

  1. Why do you need a Prime Minister to act to cut poverty, why don’t you start up a collection and deliver the aid yourselves?

    • CAFOD does raise funds from the Catholic community in England and Wales, the UK government and the general public. This allows us to work alongside people in need to reduce poverty and bring about sustainable change through development and humanitarian programmes.

      We also need to increase the understanding of the causes of poverty and injustice and to challenge governments and international bodies to adopt policies that promote social justice and end poverty.

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