General election 2019: how the people of Birmingham diocese can help the world’s poorest people this election

ElectionHow your vote van help the poorest communities

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.

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?”

Climate change
Thousands of CAFOD supporters from Birmingham 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?”

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?”

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 here  or contact your local radio station here
• 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. The 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.

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