Support the most vulnerable, say Churches in open letter to Prime Minister
13 May 2015
- Read the Open Letter
Leaders from four major UK Churches have signed an open letter
to the re-appointed Prime Minister, David Cameron, congratulating
him on his election and encouraging him to hold 'truth, justice,
peace and wellbeing' at the heart of the government.
With a focus on 'loving our neighbour', the letter reminds the
Prime Minister that a wholesome society should be concerned for the
weakest and most vulnerable, both locally and globally.
The letter, signed by leaders of the Baptist Union of Great
Britain, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church and the
United Reformed Church, highlights several of the key concerns that
the Churches believe should be high on the agenda of the new
government, calling for:
- a full review of the impact of the benefits sanctions
- a postponement of further spending on Trident and a serious
re-assessment of the need for nuclear weapons
- assertive international action to uphold human rights and
deliver humanitarian assistance in Syria
- action to make freedom of religion a human rights priority in
all aspects of foreign policy
"Remembering our neighbours is vital for a healthy society,"
said Rachel Lampard, leader of the Joint Public Issues Team, which
works on behalf of the Churches. "Whilst policies protecting the
most weak and vulnerable of society may not always be the most
popular, they are necessary to live out the common good, regardless
of political perspective."
The Revd Sally Foster-Fulton, Convener of the Church and Society
Council of the Church of Scotland added, "The very significant
growth in the number of people voting in Scotland - up 7.3% from
the last General Election - and the sweeping victories for the
Scottish National Party means that the UK Government must engage
with the Scottish Government and people as an absolute priority.
The Scottish people have voted in huge numbers for change and that
must be respected."
"The implementation of government policies is always difficult
when resources are limited," the Revd Stephen Keyworth, Faith and
Society Team Leader of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, said.
"Whilst we applaud some of the achievements of the previous
government, such as the reduction in unemployment, a commitment to
combat climate change and ensuring 0.7% of the national income is
given in overseas aid, it is important for the new government to
remember the key foundations for both domestic and global policies:
truth, justice, peace and wellbeing."
The Revd John Proctor, General Secretary of the United Reformed
Church, added, "Our churches are particularly concerned about the
places and communities our society too often overlooks. We care
that the needs and hurts of all our people should inform those who
lead our country and write our laws."
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