News from the All-Party Parliamentary Group

Right Up Your Street: How Faith-Based Organisations Are Tackling Loneliness

Right Up Your Street: How Faith-Based Organisations Are Tackling Loneliness, the new report from FaithAction for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Faith and Society, was launched this week at a reception in Parliament. We were delighted that Mims Davies MP, the government minister with responsibility for tackling loneliness, was able to join us. She was very encouraging about the role of faith in tackling loneliness, saying that faith groups are the ones who know what works, and that others should not therefore not be afraid...

Invitation to Compliance, Assessment and Enforcement

Invitation to Compliance, Assessment and Enforcement

Fiona Bruce MP, Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP and the officers of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Religious Education and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Faith and Society invite you to attend Compliance, Assessment and Enforcement: Promoting Positive Outcomes in Religious Education and Relationships and Sex Education followed by Q&A Tuesday, July 16th, 5pm • House of Commons To attend, please RSVP to [email protected] This joint meeting will address issues in enforcing law and regulation with regards to RE provision and will explore the impact...

Discussion on Leadership in Religion and Politics

The APPG held a lively panel discussion at Parliament focusing on leadership in religion and politics on 25th February this year. The panel consisted of MPs Stephen Timms (Chair of the APPG), Steve Double (Vice chair of APPG) and we were joined by Gareth Wallace (director of Conservative Christian Fellowship and Christians in Politics). The discussion was chaired by Daniel Singleton, National Executive Director of FaithAction, which is the secretariat for the APPG. The event was attended by students from King’s College London and lecturer...

Relationships and Sex Education Legislation Workshop

Relationships and Sex Education Legislation Workshop

On 13th May 2019, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Faith and Society will be hosting a roundtable discussion on relationships and sex education legislation. The event will be chaired by the Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, chair of the APPG on Faith and Society, and will feature: Chris Jones, Director, Corporate Strategy, Ofsted Jade Gilks, Team Leader, Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education, and Health Education Policy, Department of Education Alice Chicken, Assistant Director, Relationships/RSE/PSHE, Department of Education Derek Holloway, School Character and SIAMS Development...

Faith Covenant now covers over 5 million

We are delighted to let you know that over 5 million people now live in areas covered by the Faith Covenant, developed by the APPG. Brent this week became the 10th local area to adopt the Covenant, a set of principles that guide joint working, through which faith groups and councils (and other local bodies) all make a commitment to working together to meet the needs of their communities. Brent follows Essex, which signed a Covenant at county-wide level in October, and Blackpool, which in September...

Blackpool Council signs Covenant-inspired Faith Partnership Agreement

On Tuesday 19th September, Blackpool Council and local faith leaders met at the Blackpool Solaris Centre to sign up to new framework for working in partnership, the design of which was inspired by the APPG on Faith and Society’s own Faith Covenant. The drive to promote better partnerships between the Council and faith groups was spearheaded by Together Lancashire, who had previously co-ordinated initiatives to map the extensive work being done by faith groups in service to communities in the area. Andy Divall, Strategic Equality...

Faith in Local Government: Local authorities and faith groups join forces

FaithAction and the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Faith and Society hosted an event in Westminster on Monday 14th November, at the start of Inter Faith Week. The Faith in Local Government reception celebrated the Faith Covenant developed by the APPG, for which FaithAction is the secretariat. Our keynote speaker was the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, who was vocal in his support of faith, describing it as “undoubtedly a force for good in our country”. He...

Faith in Local Government: Seeking solutions for community, local empowerment and social isolation

The APPG on Faith and Society is delighted to announce that the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, will be joining us for a parliamentary reception to celebrate the Faith Covenant. This invitation-only event is to be held in Westminster on Monday 14th November, and will be attended by members of the APPG alongside Council and faith leaders from areas that have adopted the Faith Covenant. This reception will be an opportunity to share the good practice that...

APPG Meeting: Public Faith and Finance, 14th July

A policy roundtable discussion was held on Thursday 14 July in Portcullis House, focusing on faith-based organisations’ responses to issues of finance, poverty and austerity. The event marked the publication of the report Public Faith and Finance: Faith responses to the financial crisis, which was presented by authors Dr Therese O’Toole and Dr Katya Braginskaia of the University of Bristol. Omar Shaikh of the Islamic Finance Council UK spoke about the Council’s work, and its joint project with the Church of Scotland to develop ethical...

Statement of Hope

Statement of Hope

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Faith and Society was formed to support and promote the work of faith organisations in the United Kingdom. Faith groups are often the very glue of society; they provide a place for people to come together, they seek out solutions, and they provide hope. We want to affirm these values of community and hope for the United Kingdom today.