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A survey has suggested that 77% of Conservative councillors believe that school sex education should include teaching about the importance of traditional marriage. The poll, carried out for the Coalition for Marriage, also found that just 3% believe that "allowing transgender people to change their legal gender without the need for medical diagnosis" is likely to win the party votes at the next election.
PoliticsChristian Concern - 6th October 2017
 
The majority of councils in Wales say Christian prayers before meeting, according to the BBC. The Corporation reports that 13 councils hold Christian prayers before the beginning of a meeting, meaning it is not classified as an agenda item. Denbighshire council holds formal prayers at the start of full council meetings.
PoliticsThe Christian Institute - 28th July 2017
 
The United Nations has criticised the Government's counter-terrorism strategy, Prevent, as "inherently flawed". The criticism came in a UN Human Rights Council report, which said the policy is "inconsistent with the principle of the rule of law". The scheme has previously been criticised for targeting the wrong groups. Last year, it was used to ban a Christian Union from holding meetings on college premises.
PoliticsChristian Concern - 23rd June 2017
 
Last year, local authorities in England earned themselves £756million from parking charges and penalties, an increase of nine per cent on the previous 12 months, and 34 per cent higher than 2011-12.
PoliticsThe Sentinel – 21st March 2017
 
Voters will have to show proof of identification before casting their ballot in a pilot scheme to stop electoral fraud. A trial of the ID scheme will take place at a number of polling stations all across England in the local elections in 2018. A decision will then be taken on whether to roll out the measure for the whole country.
PoliticsThe Sentinel - 9th January 2017
 
The house where Adolf Hitler was born will be demolished and replaced, to stop it becoming a focal point for neo-Nazis. The government is passing a law to make the owner sell up.
PoliticsThe Sentinel - 18th October 2016
 
The Government will push ahead with its plans to give schools’ regulator Ofsted the power to investigate church youth work.
PoliticsThe Christian Institute - 21st October 2016
 
In one of his first acts as Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson has lifted a ban on UK Embassies and High Commissions flying the rainbow flag, which is used as a symbol to promote LGBT lifestyles. It will be allowed to be flown on specific days, including the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, and local Pride festivals. Under the former Foreign Secretary, only the flags of the UK, its overseas territories and the EU could be displayed.
PoliticsChristian Concern - 12th August 2016
 
The government has said that changes to the position of the bishops in the House of Lords is not a "priority", in response to a petition that has called for their removal. The petition came after the Anglican Communion disciplined the Episcopal Church for its disobedience on same-sex 'marriage'.
PoliticsChristian Concern - 13th February 2016
 
Almost three-quarters (74 per cent) of social enterprise leaders would vote for Britain to stay in the European Union, while 67 per cent would be worried about access to European social funds if Britain left, a survey has revealed.
PoliticsCivil Society News - 4th February 2016
 
A new report, Secure Voting, from Webroots Democracy provides expert testimony from companies and academics specialising in online voting systems. It makes the case that electronic balloting is safe and secure and will increase voter engagement.
PoliticsEkklesia Daily Bulletin - 27th January 2016
 
The government’s recently published "Counter Extremism Strategy" is incoherent and poses huge risks to the freedom of Christians and others, according to a new a briefing published by Christian Concern. First presented at an emergency meeting for church leaders earlier this month, the document outlines major problems with the government's approach to tackling 'Islamic radicalisation' and highlights what Christians need to do in response.
PoliticsChristian Concern - 21st November 2015
 
Plans to introduce ‘English votes for English laws’ for MPs have been voted through the House of Commons, after a heated debate, by 312 to 270 votes.
PoliticsThe Sentinel - 23rd October 2015
 
More than three in five Conservative MPs think the charity sector as a whole is too political, while three in ten believe that charities should not be allowed to campaign in Parliament, according to a new survey.
PoliticsCivil Society News - 18th September 2015
 
The title of Faith Minister has been abolished and the post has been subsumed into a junior ministerial role at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). Downing Street confirmed that the official title has been removed although the responsibilities have been passed on.
PoliticsBible Society - 14th August 2015
 
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