Faith and Society APPG

First Registered: 30/07/2015 • Last updated on: 27/01/2021

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To highlight the contribution to society by faith-based organisations, to identify best practice, and to promote understanding of the groups providing innovative solutions around the country.

Note: All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are informal, cross-party groups formed by MPs and Members of the House of Lords who share a common interest in a particular policy area, region or country. APPGs have no official status within Parliament.

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Recent Documents related to Faith and Society

1. Humanitarian crises monitoring: impact of coronavirus
29/04/2020 - Inquiry: Humanitarian crises monitoring: impact of coronavirus - International Development Committee
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Found: local humanitarian responders, including local faith actors in shaping context appropriate responses

2. More faith and belief groups to join the National Service of Remembrance
17/10/2018 - Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
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Found: More faith and belief groups to join the National Service of Remembrance

3. New government measures to update crematoria provisions
08/04/2019 - Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
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Found: Home Society and culture Community and society Community integration

4. Tearfund - written evidence
09/09/2019 - Inquiry: Beyond Aid: The UK’s Strategic Engagement in Africa - Foreign Affairs Committee
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Found: in Africa, particularly in contexts where civil society is disempowered by repressive governments. Therefore

5. Consultation outcome: Operating the independent school regulatory system
30/04/2019 - Department for Education
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Found: racial origins more likely to be of the Muslim faith are more likely to take advantage of the scope

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to Faith and Society

1. Covid-19: Faith Groups
11/02/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: attention to the extraordinary scale and value of faith groups’ contributions in response to the pandemic - Speech Link

2. Religious Schools: Admission Policies
29/04/2019 - Lords Chamber

1: Lords, many schools with faith-based admissions have diverse intakes. Faith schools do not have significantly - Speech Link
2: religion, and 53% of rural primary schools are faith schools. Almost three in 10 families in England - Speech Link
3: Lords, I have used faith schools and my children do so. Is it not true that faith schools are extremely - Speech Link
4: people of different faiths in choosing the intake of faith schools, it is equally important to ensure that - Speech Link
5: concept of preparing children for our very diverse society. To reassure noble Lords on the recent voluntary - Speech Link
6: and young people, whatever their faith and whether they have a faith or not, should have an opportunity - Speech Link

3. Commonwealth Summit: Faith Leaders
15/01/2018 - Lords Chamber

1: Government how they will ensure the engagement of faith leaders in events around the Commonwealth Summit - Speech Link
2: Meeting in London in April this year, when faith leaders, civil society, business leaders and young people will - Speech Link
3: place then has transformed many of the UK’s own faith communities. What plans do Her Majesty’s Government - Speech Link
4: the very important point that she raises about faith communities. I believe that we all would acknowledge—indeed - Speech Link
5: Government have been doing to ensure that civil society is fully engaged in the Commonwealth summit. Certainly - Speech Link

4. Places of Worship: Protective Security Funding
07/05/2019 - Lords Chamber

1: terrorists in Sri Lankan churches as they observed their faith on Easter Sunday. More victims were targeted in - Speech Link
2: fear and apprehension for those practising their faith in places of worship. But this cannot be regarded - Speech Link
3: organisations and civil society, including of course faith organisations and faith communities, will be - Speech Link
4: be available during Ramadan. As he heard me say, Faith Associates was chosen to do that. There will be - Speech Link

5. Overseas Aid: Charities and Faith-based Organisations
12/07/2018 - Lords Chamber

1: Majesty’s Government to engage with small charities and faith-based organisations in delivering United Kingdom - Speech Link
2: more of the smaller charities. The 2016 Civil Society Partnership Review noted that smaller charities - Speech Link

6. Public Holidays on Religious Occasions
29/10/2018 - Westminster Hall

1: UK, the Hindu Council UK, the National Secular Society and over 1,000 individual petitioners, most of - Speech Link
2: within the UK. We have a modern multi-faith and multicultural society in which people of all faiths and none - Speech Link

7. Relationships and Sex Education
25/02/2019 - Westminster Hall

1: relationship to sex education, sometimes. We live in a society where explicit imagery, pornography and material - Speech Link
2: drawing up their programmes, and that faith schools may use their faith to inform their teaching. In fact - Speech Link
3: low, at about 1 in 7,800 children. That is in a faith-based education system.That opt-out applies - Speech Link
4: pluralistic free society. If I demand respect for my faith, which is a minority faith in this country - Speech Link
5: raises two interesting points for me. The first is faith schools, and the second is the rights of parents - Speech Link

8. Religious Intolerance and Prejudice
17/10/2018 - Lords Chamber

1: projects seek to highlight the values that bind our society together to invigorate and develop their local - Speech Link

9. Integrated Communities
14/03/2018 - Commons Chamber

1: the world’s most successful multi-ethnic, multi-faith societies, and we should take huge pride in that - Speech Link
2: The individuals who sent those have no place in society. We must do much more in the House to speak for - Speech Link

10. Freedom of Religion or Belief
10/12/2018 - Lords Chamber

1: across the piece. We have talked about gender, faith and LGBT rights, which remain important priorities - Speech Link
2: countries, particularly civil society. What discussion is taking place with faith groups about the issue raised - Speech Link
3: again right to raise that. On working with civil society groups, he will be aware that we recently announced - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Faith and Society
1. International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Act 2015
asked by: Lord Bishop of Worcester
... before drafting any legislation to amend the International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Act 2015.

2. Asylum: Finance
asked by: Tim Farron
... what discussions her Department has had with representatives from (a) civil society and (b) faith organisations on the next phase of support for people in the asylum system during the covid-19 outbreak.

3. Immigration Rules: Religion
asked by: Alexander Stafford
... what assessment she has made of the effect of immigration rules for people of faith on faith groups in the UK.

4. Schools: Construction
asked by: Lord Storey
...To ask Her Majesty's Government how many new faith schools were built in each of the years 2010 to 2017; and how many non faith schools were built in the same period.

5. Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Voluntary Work
asked by: Ben Lake
... if he will add an exemption to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance allowing furloughed workers employed by faith-based organisations to participate in activities usually undertaken by volunteers in their faith community.

Latest Questions
9 Current APPG Officers
Gary Streeter Portrait
Gary Streeter
Vice Chair
Conservative - South West Devon
Joined: 30th July 2015
Baroness Neuberger Portrait
Baroness Neuberger
Vice Chair
Crossbench - Life peer
Joined: 30th July 2015
No other APPG Memberships
Lord Singh of Wimbledon Portrait
Lord Singh of Wimbledon
Vice Chair
Crossbench - Life peer
Joined: 28th September 2017
David Linden Portrait
David Linden
Vice Chair
Scottish National Party - Glasgow East
Joined: 24th February 2020
David Lammy Portrait
David Lammy
Labour - Tottenham
Joined: 30th July 2015
4 APPG Memberships
Alevis , British Jews , Caribbean , Fatherhood
Contact Details

Registered Contact:

Stephen Timms MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 020 7219 4000.


Public Enquiry Point:

Matthew Allen, FaithAction, LifeLine House, 25 Neville Road, Dagenham RM8 3QS. Tel: 0800 804 8829



FaithAction acts as the group's secretariat.

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Benefits in Kind
21 Jan 2020
Secretariat   From : 21/01/2020 To : 20/01/2021
18 Jul 2018
Secretariat   From : 18/07/2018 To : 17/07/2019
18 Jul 2017
Secretariat   From : 18/07/2017 To : 17/07/2018
7 Jun 2016
Secretariat   From : 07/06/2016 To : 06/06/2017

No direct financial benefits are on record for the Faith and Society APPG

Former APPG Officers
Gary Streeter Portrait
Gary Streeter
Vice Chair
Conservative - South West Devon
Joined: 30th July 2015
Departed: 21st November 2018
Lord Tyler Portrait
Lord Tyler
Vice Chair
Liberal Democrat - Life peer
Joined: 30th July 2015
Departed: 2nd May 2017