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Homeopaths are suing the NHS

Following the historic decision by NHS England to bring to an end to decades of public spending on disproven and ineffective alternative remedies, including homeopathy, the British Homeopathic Association has announced it will be bringing judicial review proceedings against the NHS in a bid to reverse the decision. Humanists UK and its members have campaigned against […]

New Church of England report recommends more state funding for cathedrals

A new draft report by the Church of England’s Cathedral Working Group recommends that it should begin negotiations with the Government for more state funding to repair and maintain its 42 cathedrals in England. Humanists UK questions whether in an increasing non-religious society, where only 15% of the population claim to be members of the […]

Humanists UK encourages responses to Government RSE and PSHE consultation

Following legislation passed last year, all primary schools in England will have to teach Relationships Education to their pupils from September 2019, and all secondary schools must teach Relationships and Sex Education (RSE). The Department for Education has now launched a consultation on what should be taught as part of these subjects and how existing […]

Noel Conway wins permission to appeal his assisted dying case

Noel Conway has today won permission to appeal the decision of the High Court that he cannot be assisted to die with dignity. The decision means that Humanists UK member Noel, who suffers from motor neurone disease, will now have his case heard before the Court of Appeal. Humanists UK, which intervened in the case […]

Home Office tells humanist he’ll be deported for not identifying Plato or Aristotle

Help us save Hamza’s life: sign our petition to Amber Rudd asking her to reverse this decision The Home Office has rejected a claim for asylum on the grounds that the claimant, when asked to name ancient Greek philosophers who were humanists, did not name Plato and Aristotle. The claimant, Hamza bin Walayat, an ex-Muslim […]

Northern Ireland Court of Appeal holds final hearing in humanist marriage case

The Northern Ireland Court of Appeal has held what is expected to be the final of its four hearings as to whether to extend legal recognition to humanist marriages. The hearing, which took place on Monday, follows on from Northern Ireland Humanists patrons Laura Lacole and Eunan O’Kane seeking to have their humanist wedding ceremony […]

Persecution of the non-religious in Iraq highlighted in House of Lords debate

Lord Taverne, a member of Humanists UK and the All-Party Parliamentary Humanist group (APPHG), called for the Government to stop ignoring the persecution of non-religious people in Iraq in a debate on the country’s religious and ethnic minorities. Humanists UK welcomes Lord Taverne’s intervention. Too often severe discrimination and violent practices, including prosecutions for blasphemy […]

Humanists UK responds to consultation on animal welfare

Take action! You can respond to the consultation online, and read our response to help draft your own. The deadline for responding to the consultation is Wednesday 31 January 2018. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has launched a public consultation on the terms of the Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of […]

Revealed: Catholic stranglehold on education policy in Parliament as Church pays for interns within offices of those with education briefs

Catholic Bishops’ Conference has been paying MPs to place interns in their offices, Humanists UK can reveal The MPs concerned include the new Education Secretary Damian Hinds, as well as the Shadow Schools Minister Mike Kane, the Shadow Children and Families Minister Emma Lewell-Buck, and the former Lib Dem Education Spokesperson John Pugh Damian Hinds […]

Is this the best use of public money? Minister for Faith concludes tour of England’s 42 cathedrals

Humanists UK has branded a new Department for Communities and Local Government report on the role of cathedrals in England as a waste of taxpayer funds as it fails to make any recommendations with regard to policy, in spite of being published as the conclusion of a year-long taxpayer-funded tour by the Minister for Faith, […]

Hackney Council slams Government for ‘woefully inadequate’ efforts on illegal religious schools

Concerns raised about the safety, wellbeing, and education of children trapped within unregistered religious schools in Hackney have been ignored by the Department for Education, Hackney Council has claimed. In a report out today, Hackney’s Children and Young People Scrutiny Commission stated that it is ‘baffled by an apparent lack of desire on the part […]

Humanists UK calls for home abortion pills in response to Isle of Man abortion consultation

Humanists UK has called for abortion to become legal, including women to be allowed to take abortion pills at home, in a consultation response on the terms of the Isle of Man Abortion Reform Bill 2017. In October, the Scottish Government announced that it would allow abortion pills to be taken outside of a hospital […]

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