1 in 4 Brum jobs pay less than Living Wage

Analysis published by the Office of National Statistics this week reveals the large number of UK jobs that in 2014 paid less than the Living Wage (at that time £7.65 per hour outside London*).  ONS have produced a handy map below, which breaks down the number of jobs that do not pay enough to live on, […]

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World Peace Day

It’s World Peace Day – the perfect day to say #Enough! to war. Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September.  Many organisations are taking the opportunity to start discussions about peace, raise awareness of peace-making efforts across the globe, and encourage action from both ordinary people and […]

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Quakers & Equality

Quakers have a lonstanding spiritual commitment to equality: the idea that everyone has something of the divine within them, and is therefore of equal worth and value. “Are you working to bring about a just and compassionate society which allows everyone to develop their capacities and fosters the desire to serve?” From Advices and Queries […]

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Coming Soon: Love, Equality & Money

People Before Profit

We’re pleased to announce that our peace & justice theme for September & October 2015 will be: Love, Equality & Money Let’s make our Economy more Equal More equal societies do better at the things we really care about: health, education, quality of life. Approaching economics with a spirit of love, compassion and equality benefits […]

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For Better & for Worse: International Agreements on Food

There are two major international agreements being negotiated at the moment, that the UK is part of: the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership and the Sustainable Development Goals.  Both are wide ranging, and cover several important issues that you might want to take action on.  But here we’ll focus on the aspects that relate to […]

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Compassion vs Scapegoating

We’ve recently recieved a circular email highlighting the low state pension, and laudibly calling for it to be raised, but sadly blaming the situation on refugees. It’s a timely example of the negative attitudes and misconceptions faced by asylum seekers and refugees.  People are understandably worried about pensioner poverty, just as they are about jobs, […]

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The floodgates are open…or are they?

In the second of his artcles looking at asylum & refugee issues, our volunteer Richard looks behind the headlines, to find the true facts & figures. “The last few years have seen major conflict and humanitarian crises take place across the world, from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan to the Central African Republic and Darfur. As […]

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