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Cast your vote before the General Election

British Red Cross

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As the UK heads towards the general election next year, were shouting louder than ever about the issues that matter to you and we need your help to see things change.

Have you checked out our online ‘pledge’ map?

By filling out a short form, you can pin support for key issues: from asylum to health care.

Around 350 of you have already done just that – and we hope to boost this number over coming months.

After all, the general election is just around the corner (next May), so there’s no better time to make sure parliament’s listening.

Politicians have the power to change policy – but we’re the ones who can push them. Which issues matter most to you?

Answers to a big question

We know – it’s a big question. So here’s what we think, based on our experience of working with vulnerable people.

We believe that everybody should know how to save a life. First aid should be a life skill – and part of everyone’s education. It really can be the difference between life and death.

Everyone should be able to live independently at home – even if they need emotional support or a wheelchair to do so. Too many people receive this support only when they’ve hit crisis point.

We don’t think that asylum seekers and refugees in the UK should be left distressed and penniless. After fleeing incredible trauma, too many face hardship once they reach ‘safety’.

Lastly, we want to help communities abroad better prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies: whether it’s an earthquake or conflict. This planning can save lives – and money.

More than a sticking plaster

We also think these areas are where we can use our influence to make the biggest difference.

Of course, the British Red Cross is a neutral charity and we don’t take sides when it comes to politics.

But we can still campaign on behalf of people in crisis. We can speak up for those who don’t have a voice. And we can ask all the political parties to pay attention.

If we don’t, it’s a bit like sticking a plaster over a gushing wound. That will help, for a little bit – but it won’t fix the problem. Things will keep getting messy until you think a bit bigger.

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