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Faiths leaders demand climate action at COP26 in Glasgow

Faith leaders have joined together to demand climate action ahead of the COP26 meeting in Glasgow. The Glasgow Multi-Faith Declaration, signed by representatives of religious communities across the United Kingdom, calls for people to be “advocates for justice” ahead of the COP summit. The Revd Clare Downing and Mr Peter Pay, Moderators of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church (URC) made the declaration alongside leaders of every major Christian denomination and representatives from Baha’i, Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, and Sikh communities. Read More … … Continue reading

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Glasgow Multi-Faith Declaration for COP26

UK Senior Faith Leaders Archbishop Angaelos, Archbishop of London, The Coptic Orthodox Church The Rt Revd John Arnold, Bishop of Salford, and lead Bishop for the Environment, Catholic Church in England and Wales Imam Qari Muhammad Asim, Chair, Mosques and … Continue reading

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The UK’s arms sales to human rights abusers

The Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI) arms fair is taking place in London this week. We believe that the 2021 DSEI event demonstrates the need a complete reassessment and overhaul of the UK government’s support for the UK arms industry, … Continue reading

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Introducing Ryan

Blog · 15th September 2021 According to my mum, when you asked me as a child what I wanted to be as an adult I would reply (un-ironically) “Prime Minister!”. Whilst my lofty ambitions have tempered somewhat since then, politics, … Continue reading

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Meet Beth

Hello! I’m Beth, and I will be one of the JPIT/House of Commons Interns for this year. I’m from Bournemouth, on the south coast of England. I have moved to London in the last couple of weeks to start working … Continue reading

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Introducing Matt

Blog · 15th September 2021 I am delighted to be joining JPIT as the Team Intern for 2021-22. Having followed the excellent work of the team for a while now, I am excited to be contributing to their output myself … Continue reading

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Explainer: Social Care

Following the government’s announced social care reforms in September 2021, JPIT’s Paul Morrison provides a guide to some of the issues involved. What is social care? Social care covers a wide umbrella of services to people of working age as … Continue reading

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Why fixing social care will take more than funding reforms

From the reporting of last week’s announced reforms to the social care system in England, you might be forgiven for thinking that the key issue was National Insurance contributions, or broken election promises, or even grand political gambles. Fascinating as … Continue reading

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Leaders say new protest bill ‘attacks rights of citizens’

The Revd Clare Downing, Moderator of the United Reformed Church General Assembly, has joined more than 350 church and civil society leaders in expressing concern about government proposals to restrict protest and increase police powers. In an open letter to the Home Secretary and Lord Chancellor, released last weekend, the leaders voiced concern about several aspects of the wide-ranging Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: its impact on the right to protest, the threat it poses to Traveller communities, and fears that increased policing powers have the potential to entrench racial injustices in the justice system. It also highlights the very… Continue reading

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Power and protest

Church leaders have joined representatives of hundreds of civil society organisations to express concern about government proposals to restrict protest and increase police powers. As consideration of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill begins in the House of Lords, … Continue reading

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