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This is a report of the independent Commission on Civil Society and Democratic Engagement, which was set up following concerns that Part 2 of the Transparency in Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning, and Trade Union Administration Bill would have a ‘chilling effect’ on non-party campaigning. It is intended to give voice to stakeholders not consulted ahead of the Bill’s publication and to inform the actions of UK Government and Parliamentarians in their deliberations about the legislation. Ekklesia is a supporter of the work of the Commission and shares the serious concerns expressed in this report and elsewhere about Part 2 of the Bill, and also about Part 3 concerning the regulation of trade unions.
The UK government's Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has published a consultation on the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP), which is replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) between 2013 and 2018. The consultation asks: “What are your views on the 'moving around' activity within the current PIP assessment criteria?” What follows is Ekklesia's response, based on the views and research of disabled people themselves, and upon the principles of inclusion, participation and equality of opportunity.
In this paper, adapted and expanded by Ekklesia from a briefing by the Fair Admissions Campaign, of which we are founding members, the rationale for the initiative's core objectives is set out, along with summaries of some recent research on the correlation between religious selection and segregation/discrimination on racial, socio-economic and religious grounds. Ten core reasons for opposing schools excluding or including pupils on the basis of religion or belief are also adumbrated.
The Scottish Government’s consultation on the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill ended on 20 March 2013. In its submission, Ekklesia backed the proposal to to introduce same sex marriage and religious and belief registration of civil partnership - while emphasising that our overall preference would be to distinguish legal marriage as a civil provision from religious or belief blessings and recognition.
A new churches' report (published by by the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church, through their Joint Public Issues Team) shows how evidence and statistics have been misused, misrepresented and manipulated to create untruths that stigmatise poor people, welfare recipients and those in receipt of benefits. Ekklesia has not been involved in the commissioning or production of this report, but as a thinktank working on welfare issues and advocating a major shift of public policy towards the needs, concerns and skills of marginalised people in society, we are pleased to endorse and publicise it.
Remembrance day: Goodbye to all that Guardian leader based on Ekklesia's 2009 report Reimagining Remembrance
Voters turn on main parties, Independent front page, reporting Ekklesia's survey results on independent politics, during the scandal over MP's expenses
Rebranding St George, The Times about Ekklesia's 2008 report on British identity
The Daily Telegraph on Ekklesia's 2007 proposals that the symbols we use to remember war, should involve those symbolising a commitment to peace
Guardian education features Ekklesia's 2006 report on alleged marginalisation of religion in universities, and proposals for addressing it
Fear or Freedom?: Why a Warring Church Must Change by Simon Barrow (Ed)
The Subversive Manifesto: Lifting the Lid on God's Political Agenda by Jonathan Bartley
Faith and Politics After Christendom: The Church as a Movement for Anarchy by Jonathan Bartley
Consuming Passion: Why the Killing of Jesus Really Matters by Simon Barrow and Jonathan Bartley (Eds)
Threatened with Resurrection: The Difficult Peace of Christ by Simon Barrow