Scottish Quakers hold symposium on inequalities

By agency reporter
October 28, 2016

Quakers in Scotland are holding a symposium to bring together voices across Scottish society to lobby for radical change in Scottish taxation and land ownership policies.

They say this is a key moment to lobby for a more just society amid the uncertainty following 'Brexit' vote to leave the European Union and some taxation being devolved to the Scottish Parliament.

Faith communities, churches and local organisations working on economic justice will share their vision on Saturday, 29 October 2016) Quakers in Scotland are holding the event, as part of the Edinburgh Radical Book Fair, from 10.00am to 11.50am, at Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny St, Edinburgh EH6 8RG.

The aim is to unite voices in Scottish churches and secular society to lobby for change.

Elizabeth Allen, Convenor, Scottish Quaker Parliamentary Engagement Group said, “To create a just Scotland, there will need to be radical changes to land and taxation policies. Will we grasp the chance? It is time for Quakers and others to have that conversation."

The speakers are:

  • Richard Murphy, an academic political economist, who has proposed a radical reform of the taxation system in books such as The Joy of Tax
  • Lesley Riddoch, journalist and author of Blossom – what Scotland needs to flourish
  • Andy Wightman MSP, an advocate of land ownership reform in Scotland and author of Scotland – Land and Power: The Agenda for Land Reform.

The symposium will be chaired by Sally Foster-Fulton, head of Christian Aid in Scotland and former chair of the Church of Scotland Church and Society Council.

*Media welcome. Open to all, admission is free, no tickets required.

* Quakers are known formally as the Religious Society of Friends. Around 23,000 people attend 478 Quaker meetings in Britain. Their commitment to equality, justice, peace, simplicity and truth challenges them to seek positive social and legislative change.

*Quakers in Britain http://www.quaker.org.uk/

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