10/05/2017

church leaders urge social care to be at the heart of the election campaign

The Hope Charter movement is calling for political candidates to put care for the vulnerable at the heart of their election promises

Church leaders across Merseyside and beyond are backing a faith led campaign to put the protection of services to the vulnerable at the heart of the election campaign. The Hope Charter, a document that affirms social care as a basic human right and calls for the protection of services to the vulnerable.
 
Born out of conversations in Liverpool The Hope Charter movement is gathering support across the country with church leaders pledging support for its aims and values. Organisers want this to be a grassroots movement that builds support for the charter’s five main principles.
 
·        The protection and provision of services to the vulnerable as a key expression of who we are
·         An affirmation of social care as a recognition of human dignity
·         A declaration that regional or economic discrepancy in service provision to the vulnerable is unacceptable
·         A call for a long term approach to funding and taxation placing human dignity above political expediency
·         A call for steps to improve conditions for carers and care workers.

You can be involved in this campaign. You can visit our website www.thehopecharter.co.uk  and join the numbers signing the charter. You can promote it to your local candidates making sure they are aware of the principles. You can make your voting decisions based on who you think is following, or will follow the principles of the Hope Charter.
 
The Hope Charter organisers want all politicians of all parties to sign up to what they believe are common sense principles of dignity and decency.
 
The Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Revd Paul Bayes said
“As we face a momentous decision I encourage all Christians to use their vote well.  I ask all followers of the risen Christ to think, speak and vote so as to help the poorest and displaced. Supporting and promoting the Hope Charter with its call to protect the provision of social care services, value the role and work of carers and protect the services being offered to the most vulnerable in society is one way to do this. I believe we can put this onto the agenda of every politician and party standing for election this June and make this year an election where we can bring real hope to the UK. The hope that comes from the resurrection of Jesus and the promise that we daily pray, his Kingdom Come.”
 
The text of the Hope Charter
Below is the full text of the Charter

We believe that the protection and provision of services to those who are vulnerable in our society, is a key expression of who we are. Where they are unable to provide this for themselves, we recognise this as a shared responsibility, both as human beings and responsible citizens.
 
We affirm social care as a basic human right, essential to human dignity and an expression of a civilised community. As such we call for a government that takes overall responsibility for maintaining a level of social care, across our nation that properly reflects these core values.
 
We declare any regional or economic discrepancy that disproportionately affects vulnerable people as unacceptable. We call for a new agreement between central and local governments to end this injustice.

We recognise that for a variety of reasons, social care needs and costs will continue to rise. This problem is not going to go away. We call for an effective long-term approach to funding and taxation that places huma wellbeing and dignity above political expediency.
 
We believe that the work of carers is undervalued. This results in low pay, increasingly poor conditions which in turn affects the ability of some of our most valuable workers to provide the service to which they are committed.
 
We call for steps to be taken to upgrade the profession through guaranteed minimum wages, increased training opportunities and dignified working conditions. Unacceptable practices such as no pay for travel between clients should be made illegal.


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"I believe we can put this onto the agenda of every politician and party standing for election this June and make this year an election where we can bring real hope to the UK."

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