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The Charity Tax : The Big Society or a Bad Move
Date: 26 Apr 2012
George Osborne's plans to reduce tax relief on charitable donations were lambasted as 'thoughtless and ill-conceived' by a senior representative of the charity community last night. Speaking at a debate organised by the Oasis People's Parliament, John Low CBE, chief executive of the Charities Aid Foundation said, "Last year, 11 billion pounds were given to charities - half of it was given by just 7% of donors. By making it harder for rich people to give money, the very services that charities offer to the most vulnerable people in our society are in danger with donations due to fall substantially."
Making Capitalism Responsible
Date: 22 Feb 2012
"I believe in a market system, but one that has deep ethical values running alongside it." said Vince Cable MP speaking alongside Sir Stuart Etherington CEO of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and Richard Paton from Occupy LSX, at an event to explore what steps need be taken to ensure that Capitalism begins to contribute to mending instead of breaking our society.
Date: 07 Dec 2011
Does capitalism need reforming, replacing or is it fine just as it is? There was heated debate around the question of our generation with representatives ofOccupy London, former investment banker Ken Costa and Dr Luke Bretheton.
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Date: 28 Sep 2011
On 28th September 2011 Charities Parliament gathered insights from members of the public, for submission to the ‘Riots Communities and Victims Panel’ set up by David Cameron and Nick Clegg, in response to the summer riots.
A Question of Balance The Role of the State and Civil Society in Britain Today
Date: 29 Jun 2011
Rt. Hon. Francis Maude addressed a lively crowd from a wide range of charities at the Oasis Centre. Francis Maude MP stated that there are Government plans to recruit and train 5000 community organisers, with the aim that local communities will have a structure for themselves, and one that is not dictated to by Government either national or local.
The Big Society: From Debate to Delivery
Date: 16 May 2011
Members of the public along with many from faith groups and the voluntary sector gathered at the Oasis Charities Parliament and Faith to Engage event, to hear Lord Nat Wei speak about the new opportunities opening up for charities. Putting the discussion surrounding the Big Society Agenda aside, Lord Wei focussed on how it can be delivered.
A Welfare System for the 21st Century?
Date: 23 Mar 2011
Rt. Hon Iain Duncan Smith joined us and spoke of the importance of providing incentives to work, he denied the suggestion that his reforms demonize or neglect the poorest in society and spoke of the importance of harnessing the potential of the voluntary sector to support people getting back into work. We were also joined by a panel comprising of Steve Chalke MBE (Oasis Founder), Chris Mould (Director of Trussell Trust) and Christina Odone(Journalist, Author and Broadcaster).
Hospitality, the Hope for South London
Date: 02 Mar 2011
Hospitality the Hope for South London saw over 100 people from different faiths gather at the Oasis Centre, for an evening of networking, interaction and engagement. Speakers for the evening- which also launched an initiative to run similar hospitality events in March- included Simon Hughes MP, Imam Suliman Gani, Geetha Maheshwaran, and Archbishop Peter Smith.
Debating Democracy: The Alternative Vote Referendum
Date: 16 Feb 2011
With the opportunity to vote for, or against the Alternative Vote Referendum on May 5th, Charities Parliament hosted Debating Democracy, chaired by Jeremy Vine with panellists from: The Yes campaign - Jonathan Bartley (Ekklesia) and David Aaronavitch (Times columnist), and the No campaign - Charlotte Vere (Finance Director from NO to AV) and Jane Kennedy (Former Labour MP).
Poverty and Life Chances with Frank Field MP and Polly Toynbee
Date: 12 Jan 2011
Frank Field MP joined us, along with Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee to discuss his Early Years report into poverty in the UK.
A God of Justice: An Evening with Rev Jesse Jackson
Date: 19 Oct 2010
Hundreds gathered at the Oasis Centre where civil rights activist Rev Jesse Jackson tackled the important issue of justice and development. As Jesse took the stage you couldn't help being captivated by his presence; simply knowing the richness of his history, the sacrifice, the persistence, his close connection to Dr Martin Luther King. Jackson didn't let the audience down wooing us with his poetic rhetoric. He left us with some powerful wisdom on leadership: 'One has to care and be prepared. One has to go through vigour and be a risk taker. One has to make sacrifices and be in it for the long haul. A good leader has to have followers, so you must have vision.'
Peace: At Home and Abroad with Tony Benn
Date: 13 Sep 2010
Tony Benn shared with the 250 strong crowd representing NGOs and activists from across London and beyond about what keeps him going in his fight for peace. “Human progress is made possible by two flames burning in the human heart, the flame of anger against injustice like war and the flame of hope you can build a better world.” He left us with these words “If people organise and campaign it is possible to win arguments, history shows us that that is how progress is made.” Charities Parliament highlighted the importance of International Peace Day, in partnership with:
Big Society - Archbishop Rowan Williams
Date: 23 Jul 2010
The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury explored the opportunities and challenges for Christian organisations and churches engaging with the government's vision of the Big Society. In an event held at the Oasis Centre in the lead up to the general election David Cameron described The Big Society as the government's guiding philosophy. In this sense it is a philosophy we must get to grips with. To help explore what charities and churches response to the Big Society should be the Archbishop was joined by Bob Reitemeier the chief executive of the Children's Society and Fran Becket, former CEO of the Church Urban Fund to respond to questions from the audience. The evening was chaired by Steve Chalke MBE and Founder of Oasis UK, Stop the Traffik, and Oasis Community Learning.
Are 'Free Schools' a Free for All?
Date: 21 Jul 2010
The evening with Steve Chalke MBE and Bishop Pete Broadbent, looked at the the coalition Government’s new ‘Free Schools’ and wider schools agenda. They examined the practicalities and theological implications for churches, Christian organisations and other faith groups wanting to get involved.
Student Hustings - New Voter New Politics
Date: 27 Apr 2010
The evening followed a Question Time format challenging the speakers on a number of key issues. Fifteen organisations and around 200 of their youth and student supporters came together to debate with senior figures from all the major political parties about the issues that matter: international development, human rights, global health, climate change, corporate responsibility and democratic participation.
Healthcare on the Brink
Date: 17 Mar 2010
Health charities from across Britain came to join the debate at Charities Parliament on one of the elections most live issues: Healthcare, and more specifically care for the elderly. The Rt Hon Andy Burnham left the audience with a call to action: "Make me an offer. Tell me what you are bringing to the table. Then we can start a dialogue between the Department of Health, the Voluntary Sector and Faith organisations." The Charities Parliament has taken up Mr Burnham's offer and together with leading health charities drafted a paper which was submitted to the now Secretary of State for health Andrew Lansley.
Ending Child Poverty in the UK
Date: 25 Nov 2009
End Child Poverty is a multi-organisation campaign to address the urgent need to end these high levels of child poverty in the UK that ruin life chances and damage our society as a whole. The Charities Parliament hosted an evening on Wednesday November 25th in Central London to explore the vital role that schools, churches and voluntary organisations have in turning this tide.
Finding Hope: Restoring Trust in Politics and National Life
Date: 22 Oct 2009
‘Finding Hope’ was an opportunity to put your views about the current crisis of confidence in our parliamentary system to Christians involved in Westminster, in an honest and thought provoking setting with speakers: Speakers: Chair Steve Chalke MBE - Oasis Founder; Andy Reed MP - Labour; Alistair Burt MP - Conservative; Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali - Bishop of Rochester & member of the House of Lords; Ruth Gledhill - Religion Correspondent for The Times; Dr. David Landrum - Senior Parliamentary Officer for the Bible Society
Date: 03 Jun 2009
The Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP spoke on the topic Breakthrough Britain: The role of faith inspired and voluntary agencies in mending broken Britain and answered questions from a select audience of sector leaders and activists. Click here to see the briefing paper.