IN NOVEMBER 2020, the UK Government’s Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government issued a short-period consultation on faith engagement. Respondents were given just four weeks to submit evidence and observations. Ekklesia’s director, Simon Barrow, made a detailed response at the end of last year.

Colin Bloom, the advisor appointed to carry out what is deemed an independent review, explained: “This call for evidence will pose a series of questions around how those of all faiths, or none, perceive the government’s engagement with faith organisations.

“Because the review is specifically about faith and religion, priority will be given to responses that fit within those parameters. However, space is given for respondents to share their views in a way that they feel is appropriate.”

Ekklesia’s director submitted the following responses, which included our concerns about the nature and style of the consultation itself.

More to follow shortly.