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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Open Letter to Politicians about Poverty in the UK

With the UK general elections fast approaching, Al-Mizan Charitable Trust is keen to know more about the policies of some of the political parties, especially in relation to poverty in the UK. We have sent an open letter to relevant spokespeople at the five main political parties, asking them to summarise their party’s main policies to address the issues around poverty in the UK.

The letter has been sent to the following people: 

·      Conservatives – Iain Duncan-Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

·      Labour – Rachel Reeves, Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

·      Liberal Democrats – Steve Webb, Minister for Pensions and Party Spokesperson for Work and Pensions

·      UKIP – Jane Collins, Party Spokeswoman for Employment

·      Green Party – Jonathan Bartley, Party Spokesperson for Work and Pensions [Read his response here]

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

 

Dear [Politician],

I am writing to you from Al-Mizan Charitable Trust (registered charity no. 1135752), a grant-funder that supports disadvantaged people and deprived communities across the UK, regardless of their faith or cultural background.

Through our work, we come across countless families living in poverty in the UK, who cannot afford to eat, have nowhere to sleep, and are constantly having to make difficult financial decisions. In the last financial year, we supported 168 deprived families, providing funding for education and vocational training, employment and enterprise, medical and mobility costs, household items, and subsistence costs. 

With less than 100 days until the general election, we would like to know more about your party’s policies to address the issues around poverty in the UK.

We are sure that you aware of the significant research findings around poverty in the UK, but some of the main points that continue to shock us include:

·      40% of low-income households in the UK are forced to choose between heating and eating (Oxfam and Church Action on Poverty);

·      3.5 million children are living in poverty in the UK, of which 1.6 million children are living in severe poverty (Barnardo’s);

·      Over half of the 13 million people in poverty in the UK are from working households (Joseph Rowntree Foundation);

·      Almost a million people in the UK have had to visit a food bank, because they do not have enough money to buy food (The Trussell Trust).

The UK has always taken pride in providing assistance to the poorest people in our society, but with rising levels of poverty and inequality, we would question whether we still live in a “welfare state”.

We would be grateful if you could summarise your party’s main policies to address the issues around poverty in the UK, so that we can share these with our donors and supporters, 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,

 

Mohamed Mishal

Chair of the Board of Trustees

Al-Mizan Charitable Trust

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