Catholic charities CSAN and CAFOD publish election briefing

Your voice will make a difference

On 7 May, our country will go to the polls to elect a new government. The countdown has begun, and over the coming weeks people with a wide range of perspectives and competing priorities will be vying for our vote.
 
As people of faith we have a responsibility to question those who hope to guide us. Who you vote for at an election is, of course, a personal and private decision and it is important that we feel we are properly equipped to challenge our potential representatives.
 
Speaking together as a Catholic community means we have a stronger voice. It’s for this reason that CSAN (Caritas Social Action Network) has joined with international aid agency CAFOD to help supporters ask parliamentary candidates what they will do to tackle poverty both at home and abroad. The charities have jointly produced a guide and a card to equip supporters with statistics and stories about the issues that affect people around the world and here in the UK.
 
CSAN and CAFOD hope that the guide will encourage supporters to speak out against injustice and inequality with a strong, united voice.
 
The Chairs of Trustees for CAFOD and CSAN, Bishop John Arnold and Bishop Terence Drainey, have said together: "At a general election we are asked to think about the world we want to live in. As Catholics, we are called to speak up for the poorest and most vulnerable people at home and abroad. CAFOD and CSAN are asking supporters to reflect and act on some pressing challenges that we face both in the UK and around the world. We hope you will embrace this opportunity to reflect, act and pray during this important time and we wish you every grace and blessing."
 
In the election guide you will find stories of the people affected by poverty at home and abroad, as well as inspiration from Catholic Social Teaching and our Church leaders, which will ground your action in the values of our faith. You will also find top tips for asking questions to parliamentary candidates ahead of the election.
 
You can download the joint CSAN and CAFOD pamphlet on csan.org.uk/ election2015 or by going to cafod.org.uk/electionquestions.
 

Questions for election candidates:
  • What will you do to make work pay?
  • What will you do to guarantee access to a genuinely affordable home?
  • What will you do to speak out for the poorest and most vulnerable people around the world?
  • What will you do to make tackling climate change a priority and to prevent it pushing people deeper into poverty overseas?
 
 
How can I ask an election question?
  • speak to candidates or canvassers when they knock on your door
  • write a letter directly to your prospective representative
  • write an open letter to a local newspaper
  • attend a hustings meeting or organise your own via electoralcommission.org.uk
  • call a local radio phone-in programme
 
Contact CAFOD and CSAN if your question was answered
 
CSAN
Romero House
55 Westminster Bridge Road
London
SE1 7JB
 
Email: election2015@csan.org.uk
Telephone: 0207 633 4971
CAFOD
Romero House
55 Westminster Bridge Road
London
SE1 7JB
 
Email: election2015@cafod.org.uk
Telephone: 0207 095 5692