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UK Government wants Christians to rate how well it engages with faith groups

by Tola Mbakwe

Christians and those from other religious groups have the chance to have their voice heard by the UK Government in regards to how it engages with faith communities. 

It has launched an independent review to assess how people perceive the Government's engagement with faith organisations. 

Colin Bloom, Faith Engagement Adviser at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is leading the review. 

He told Premier the Government knows it has areas to improve in. 

"I think government recognises that it can always do better and that in engagement with faith communities, it might be good, but it could be it could be better. 

"We're going to explore how government can do it better and indeed, perhaps areas that it shouldn't be doing."

The open consultation for the review comes as more than 100 UK church leaders filed a lawsuit against the Government for its ban on public worship during England's second lockdown. 

The head of the Church of England and the Catholic Church have objected to the ban. 

Bloom said this is the perfect time for Christians to voice their opinions on how they feel the Government has handled how the coronavirus crisis with faith communities. 

"I want everybody, whether they're from Church of England, or whether they're another Christian denomination, or whether they have no faith at all, or whether they're from another faith to engage with it so that we can really analyse that data. It's both qualitative and quantitative and it will inform the recommendations that we're going to make that I'm going to make next year so that government can listen better and can engage better with those communities."

Rt Rev Sarah Mullally, Bishop of London, leads the Church of England's Recovery Group and said:  "Faith is at the heart of so many of our communities, across the length and breadth of the country.  

"This welcome consultation from the Government is an opportunity to demonstrate and explore how faith enriches and empowers our lives and our relationships with one another.  

"I believe it can play a fundamental role in building a stronger, more tolerant society for the future.  

"I would urge as many people as possible to get involved by responding to the consultation, ensuring that the voices of our faith communities are heard." 

The open consultation period lasts until 11th December. 

Click here to take survey. 

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