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Hanukkah installation paused due to rise in hate crime


Havering has paused the installation of a Hanukkah Menorah in its town hall due to an increase in hate crimes relating to the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Edinburgh removes religious reps’ voting rights


The City of Edinburgh Council has voted to end voting privileges for unelected religious appointees on its cabinet and education committees.

Local faith-based groups receive £1.3m boost


Sixteen faith-based groups are set to benefit from a £1.3m investment to support their work with the most vulnerable people in local communities.

Council to review decision to block humanist from religious education committee


Southampton City Council has agreed to retake a decision to block humanists from becoming full members of the local religious education committee following a threat of legal action.

Child abuse linked to faith rises by ‘a third’, council chiefs warn


The number of children identified by councils as having been abused for reasons associated with belief has risen by a third in three years, the LGA reports.

Council builds first development to comply with religious rules


A north London council has built the first block of flats to comply with the religious rules of Orthodox Judaism.

Church to open more schools to ‘influence’ education debate


The Church of England plans to open over 100 schools in the next five years in order ‘enhance’ provision and ‘influence’ debate.

Segregation of staff ‘imposed’ in some faith schools, warns inspector


Segregation of teachers by gender is still being imposed at some independent faith schools, the chief inspector of schools Sir Michael Wilshaw has warned.

'Unaccountable' religious figures have no place in education, campaign says


New campaign calls for the removal of unelected religious representatives from council education committees.

Ministers reject plans ‘mega mosque’ in Newham


Plans to build the largest mosque in Britain have been rejected by the Government.

Rise in ‘exorcism and witchcraft’ child abuse cases


The number of child abuse cases linked to witchcraft and exorcism accusations has increased, according to a new investigation.

Teachers given training on radicalisation


School and college leaders are to be offered seminars to help them stop young people being drawn into extremism and radicalisation.

Employees concerned about religious freedom in the workplace


Christians are concerned their religion is ‘losing its place’ in the workplace, according to a public consultation by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

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