We ask Quakers to consider taking our Statment about Destitution to their Local Business meeting as a starting point on this issue, to ask for it to be passed up to Area meeting and then on to Meeting for Sufferings with a request that time is given to discerning a way forward on this issue.
The statement can be downloaded here: QARN Destitution statement 25 Oct 2014
“That which is morally wrong cannot be politically right” 1822 Quaker Faith and Practice 23.26
Enforced destitution is being used as an instrument of immigration control and, increasingly, of other government policies which primarily affect the most vulnerable. Quakers believe that there is that of God in every person and strive towards equality of respect. Refusing people any legal means of survival or dignity is denying the divine and humanity, which can never be justified. While we being mindful of settled residents struggling with poverty and destitution because of austerity pay rates and austerity benefit policies, we should neither ignore nor blame those who have sought sanctuary in the U.K. Continue reading “QARN Statement on Destitution”