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The British Red Cross gives a voice to people in crisis.

Based on our experience of helping people across the UK, we speak out try to address the root causes of crises. We are asking all political parties to consider policies that support our vision for:

  • Health and social care: everyone should get the support they need to live independently at home.
  • First aid: everyone should know how to save a life.
  • Refugees and asylum seekers: those who seek sanctuary in the UK should be treated fairly and humanely.
  • International: principled humanitarian action should be protected to ensure the most vulnerable are assisted.

Read more about our policy positions in this section or download our policy positions in one PDF document.

For more information about our advocacy work, email

Health and social care

Snakebite victim Laura Brasher and a Red Cross volunteer

We want to see more people being able to access preventative services, and fewer people reaching crisis point.

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Christiane and her little boy at Portsmouth refugee centre

We want to see a fair, effective, and efficient asylum system that treats people with respect and dignity.

More about refugee advocacy >

First aid education

We want first aid education to be integrated into everyday life, from schools and driving tests to public health strategies.

More on first aid advocacy >

Advocacy across the UK

Two people standing on a bus

We call on decision-makers in the devolved nations to take action so all parts of the UK are better prepared for crisis.

More about our local work >


Advocacy news

First aid education could contribute towards easing the pressure on A&E, a new report by the British Red Cross has found.

Red Cross welcomes Spring Budget social care funding and long-term plan

The British Red Cross is thrilled by government plans that could see all children in England learning first aid at school.

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