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.”