staff writers's blog

Launch in Scotland of 'Christians for Independence' group

The launch event has taken place today for a network of Christians in Scotland who think that a 'Yes' vote in the 2014 independence referendum would offer significant opportunities for churches and other civic groups to contribute to a better nation and a better world.

World Council of Churches' youth stewards programme 2014

Young Christians from around the world are invited to apply to the World Council of Churches (WCC) Stewards Programme for the WCC Central Committee meeting which will be held from 26 June to 10 July 2014.

Crunch day for Lobbying Bill in the Lords

The Lobbying Bill returns to the House of Lords today, Tuesday 28 January 2014, and the Commons shorty afterwards, as the 'ping pong' process follows the Commons decision to overturn key Lords amendments - ones with the overwhelming backing of charities, NGOs, voluntary organisations, civil society campaign groups, unions, and hundreds of thousands of members of the public who have been pressing parliamentarians on the issue.

Holocaust Memorial Day: journeys of despair and hope

Holocaust Memorial Day, marking the liberation of prisoners from the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and the Nazi death machine generally, as well as earlier and more recent genocides across the world, is being observed in Britain today (27 January 2014).

Asylum Aid report urges media engagement

Asylum Aid has published a new report entitled Dividing Lines: Asylum, the media and some reasons for (cautious) optimism.

Trial of Christian anti-arms trade protesters due for 3 and 4 February

The trial of Christian activists who caused a huge blockage of arms dealers trying to enter the DSEi military equipment show in London in September 2013 will take place on the 3 and 4 February 2014 at Stratford Magistrates Court.

NCVO research project on welfare changes

Anjelica Finnegan started work at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) this week and will be leading a new Joseph Rowntree Fund-financed research project to find out about the experiences of voluntary organisations dealing with the government's welfare changes in the Welfare Reform Act.

Briefing: Last minute pressure on government over Lobbying Bill

Stung by the overwhelming criticism of its chaotic and deeply flawed Lobbying Bill, the government is continuing to manoeuvre hard to get it through without major changes at the last minute - but NGOs

An overview: where are we now on the Lobbying Bill?

Even with the changes agreed as result of the Report Stage in the House of Lords this week, the UK government's Lobbying Bill remains a huge restriction on civil society campaigning compared to the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000.

Lobbying debate in the media as Lords vote

As the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill comes up for the final votes at Westminster this week, an advert is appearing in The Times newspaper – supported by Ekklesia and 100 other civil society organisations – drawing parliamentarians' attention to the huge concern about this bill across the voluntary sector, and highlighting the 164,000+ members of the public who have signed it in just a few days.