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A Time for Questions - Does Charity Begin at Home?

It is only 125 days until the General Election and this election will be extremely important with the possibility of another coalition government and the changing political scene given the large rise of UKIP.

Child Aid Lanka will be running local debates to enable you to understand better some of the key policies of each of the major political parties and how they will affect not just us but people across the world.

After the next election it is very likely that there will be some major changes to Government Foreign Aid especially as our panellists’ parties have very different views on charity. Child Aid Lanka is a small charity which has already been affected by changes to Government policy so we are very interested in what each party has to say on their foreign aid policies. But our theme will have a wider response from the panellists given the current Government’s cuts to the Benefits system and Government spending which has particularly affected the poor in the UK.

We invite you and your friends and families to come and meet the MPs and other important people on our panel and of course have the opportunity to raise questions.

Venue: St Paul’s Church Hall, St Paul’s Road, Thornton Heath, CR7 8NB

Date: 15th of January 2015.

Time: Guests must arrive at 7.30 pm promptly for a 7.40pm start.

Panellists: Matthew Maxwell-Scott (Conservative); Robert Evans MEP (Labour); Tom Brake MP (Lib Dem); Suzanne Evans Deputy Chairman UKIP and Tom Drake MBE (WaterAid)

Amongst topics for debate are:

  • Whether it's right for the UK to be spending money abroad when NHS A&E departments are admitting they can no longer cope with demand.
  • Is large scale immigration into the UK costing us so much we can no longer afford to support poorer countries?
  • How do we know money we give will reach the communities it's supposed to help?

The evening looks like being a fiery one and we expect to have a very full house so please book your tickets by return to avoid disappointment. Please note the event will be recorded for broadcasting and for inclusion in the media and by attending you accept this. Whilst there is no charge for attending the event, we will be asking you to make a donation to our work in Sri Lanka. Just £2 will buy a brick to help us give fresh clean water to more families and if everyone donates just £10 each this will enable us to fund a complete additional well.

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We look forward to seeing you on 15th January in Thornton Heath