Al-Mizan Charitable Trust is a Muslim grant-funder which supports disadvantaged people and deprived communities across the UK, regardless of their faith or cultural background.

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Letter to London Mayoral Candidates about Poverty in London

With a month to go until the London Mayoral Elections, Al-Mizan Charitable Trust is keen to know more about how the candidates will address the rising levels of poverty across London.

We have sent an open letter to the candidates, asking them to summarise their main policies and ideas about how they will help the poorest people in the capital.

The candidates we have written to are (we have hyperlinked their replies):

Siân Berry, Green Party

Sadiq Khan, Labour Party

• Ankit Love, One Love Party

• Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrats

• David Furness, British National Party

• George Galloway, Respect Party

• Paul Golding, Britain First

• Zac Goldsmith, Conservative Party

• Lee Harris, Cannabis Is Safer Than Alcohol

• Sophie Walker, Women’s Equality Party

• Petter Whittle, UK Independence Party

• Prince John Zylinski, Independent

You can read our letter in full below and we hope to share their responses with you over the next few weeks.

 

Dear [Candidate],

I am writing to you from Al-Mizan Charitable Trust (charity no. 1135752) and we support people living in poverty across the UK, regardless of their faith or cultural background. We provide small grants, which help with the costs of education and training, employment and enterprise, household items, medical and mobility, and subsistence. We also distribute Food Parcels, Back to School Backpacks, Winter Warmer Packs, and Mother & Baby Kits.

During the last financial year, a third of the people we helped lived in London, and these are families who cannot afford to eat, have nowhere to sleep, and are constantly having to make difficult financial decisions, in what is the global capital for business and finance.

With one month to go until the London Mayoral Election, we would like to know more about your policies and ideas to help the poorest people living in London. We are sure that you are aware of the situations that some people in London face, but we would just like to take this opportunity to remind you of some of the shocking statistics.

According to London’s Poverty Profile, 27% of Londoners live in poverty after housing costs are taken into account, compared with 20% in the rest of England. 

And although work is supposed to be the best route out of poverty, almost 700,000 jobs in London (18%) pay below the London Living Wage. This number has increased for five consecutive years, particularly among men working full-time. Furthermore, London Assembly member Stephen Knight said: “Median wages have fallen in real terms by almost £4,500 in London since 2008, 12.5% in London compared with 9% nationally.

Over half a million children living in London are below the poverty line, which is 37% of all children in the capital, according to Child Poverty Action Group, and many of these children struggle for food during the school holidays. By 2020, there might be 200,000 more children falling into poverty in London, unless the situation changes.

And of course, no one can ignore the rise in the number of rough sleepers across London. During Autumn 2015, London had 940 rough sleepers, which is 26% of the national figure and an increase of 27% on the previous year, according to official government statistics.

We would be grateful if you could summarise your main policies and ideas to address these issues, so that we can share these with our donors and supporters, many of whom live in London, and they can keep this in mind when they vote at the upcoming elections.

If you would like to know more about the work of Al-Mizan Charitable Trust, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

 

Kind regards,

 

Ali Khimji

Director

Al-Mizan Charitable Trust

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