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Justin Welby: disestablishment ‘a decision for parliament and the people’

In an interview with the Guardian, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has said that disestablishment of the Church of England would not be ‘a disaster’ for the Church, and is ‘a decision for parliament and the people’. He also said that ‘I don’t think [disestablishment] would make it easier [for the Church], and I don’t […]

Humanists UK and Humanist Society Scotland announce strategic partnership

Humanists UK and Humanist Society Scotland have formed a new strategic partnership to govern how the two charities work together and to foster closer ties. The two organisations have long worked together closely to promote humanism and help people be more fulfilled in the one life they have, and the agreement announced today cements that […]

Human rights minister tells parliamentary humanists: ending global blasphemy laws is ‘Government priority’

Ending blasphemy laws around the globe is ‘a priority for Government’, Foreign Office Minister of State for Human Rights Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon told the All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group (APPHG) as he addressed its meeting yesterday. Lord Ahmad, speaking at a joint meeting of the APPHG, the All Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom […]

Humanists UK represented at National Memorial to British Victims of Overseas Terrorism

Humanists UK is being represented today at the ceremony to unveil the National Memorial to British Victims of Overseas Terrorism at the National Memorial Arboretum. Chief Executive Andrew Copson is attending the dedication alongside those who have lost friends or family in a terrorist incident overseas, other representatives of civil society, and representatives of different […]

Channel Islands Humanists statement on assisted dying

The following statement was published in its entirety in Tuesday’s Guernsey Press and Star and has been sent to all the Island’s Deputies: As a group, Channel Islands Humanists brings together and represents non-religious people across the Bailiwicks of Guernsey and Jersey. We call upon islanders to support proposals for legal assisted dying in Guernsey, […]

Humanists UK calls for opt-out organ donation in the Isle of Man

Take Action! Respond to the Organ Donation (Isle of Man) Bill 2018 consultation on introducing an opt-out organ donation system on the island. The deadline for responses is Friday 8 June. Read Humanists UK’s response to help you draft your own. Responses from Isle of Man residents are particularly sought. Humanists UK in conjunction with […]

Humanists UK’s Simon O’Donoghue elected Chair of Network for Pastoral, Spiritual, and Religious Care in Health

Humanists UK’s Head of Pastoral Support, Simon O’Donoghue, has been elected Chair of the Network for Pastoral, Spiritual, and Religious Care in Health (NPSRCH) for 2018-2020. His election represents the first time a humanist has held the lead role in a national organisation that brings together people of different religions and beliefs to work on […]

Government clarifies law relating to religious dress in the workplace

Equalities Minister Victoria Atkins has announced that the Government will issue new guidance for employers regarding dress codes, including the wearing of religious symbols. Humanists UK welcomes this guidance which, so long as it is correctly applied, should help both employers and employees understand the law and avoid conflict over this issue. The new guidance […]

Government to offer funds for new fully selective religious schools out of free schools pot

Today, while the Government announced it will not allow the opening of new 100% selective religious free schools, it also announced it will allow the opening of new 100% selective religious voluntary aided schools. This morning it has further announced that the funding for this will come from the pot of funding previously available for […]

Government U-turn on 50% cap on religious free school admissions

The Government, breaking a manifesto commitment, has announced that it will keep the 50% cap on religious selection by new religious free schools in England, in a move welcomed by Humanists UK, which has led the campaign against efforts to lift it. The Government’s announcement comes after 20 months of steady campaigning from Humanists UK […]

Humanists UK welcomes new patrons Miriam Stoppard, Paul Sinha, and Piers Bizony

Humanists UK is pleased to announce the appointments of three distinguished new patrons from diverse areas of public life. They are Dr Miriam Stoppard, popular writer and physician; Paul Sinha, stand-up comedian and professional quizzer; and science writer and author Piers Bizony. Humanists UK has over 170 patrons who support its work in various ways […]

Ireland to remove religious selection for Catholic primary schools in move at odds with UK Government proposals

Ireland’s Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, announced today that the Republic of Ireland is going ahead with its plans to remove religious selection from Catholic primary schools. Three amendments to the Education (Admission to Schools) Bill 2016 that will bring about this change have now been brought forward by the Government and will most likely […]

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