Consultation Responses

The Joint Public Issues Team is duty-bound to get the voices of our churches heard wherever it can. This involves responding to Government consultations which relate to our policy work.


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  • Responding to the Out of School Education Service Call for Evidence

    Some reflections: – In October, as a part of his proposals to crack down on extremism, David Cameron announced the intention to require supplementary schools such as  madrassas, Sunday schools or Jewish yeshivas that provide more than 6-8 hours of study per week to be open to inspection.  The publication on the 26th November of the ...

  • Churches’ Response to Government Consultation on Devolving Sunday Trading

    The Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church have responded to the Government consultation on devolving Sunday trading rules. To download the response click here

  • Churches respond to Government’s draft Child Poverty Strategy

    The Baptist, Methodist and United Reformed Churches have responded to the UK Government draft “Child Poverty Strategy”. The Child Poverty Act requires the government to update and publish its plan to end Child Poverty by 2020. This target was agreed by all parties and subsequently enshrined in law, however it now appears extremely unlikely that ...

  • Response to Triennial Review of Gaming Machine Stake and Prize Limits

    See the Response to Triennial Review of Gaming Machine Stake and Prize Limits made by the Methodist, Baptist and United Reformed Churches Gambling Act 2005: Triennial Review of Gaming Machine Stake and Prize Limits The Response of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church, and the United Reformed Church. Background Our three denominations represent around half ...

  • Consultation Response on Sports Betting Advertising featuring under 25s

    The Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church recently responded to the Committee of Advertising Practice’s consultation on betting websites featuring individuals under the age of 25. See why our churches do not think the current rules should be relaxed to allow the use of under 25s on sports ...

  • Consultation on Better Measures of Child Poverty: Churches’ response

    The Baptist, Methodist and United Reformed Churches have responded to a Government consultation on measuring child poverty, saying that the measure proposed would achieve the opposite of its stated aims.   The Child Poverty Act of 2010 uses four specific measures to understand the complexity of poverty in the UK: relative poverty, absolute poverty, material deprivation ...

  • Irresponsible Lending

    The three churches have a long history of concern for vulnerable people being exploited by unscrupulous lenders; indeed the first Methodist Building was both a meeting house and a Loan dispensary to help people escape from loan sharks. We have responded to an OFT consultation which seeks to set regulations as to what lenders need to ...

  • Submission to the Trident Commission

    In July 2011 the Quakers and the Baptist, Methodist and United Reformed Churches responded to the BASIC Trident Commission. The main questions posed were Should the UK remain a nuclear weapons state? If it should, is Trident renewal the only or best option that the UK can and should pursue? What more can and should the UK do to ...

  • Solar PV feed in tariffs – a new bonanza until 3 March?

    The management of the feed in tariffs by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has been shoddy. DECC have set aside a budget over four years that is now just a shade over £1 billion to fund the feed in tariff. That budget is now 75% committed after less than a year into ...