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Church of England 'colluded' with sex abuse bishop and failed victims, says report

Church of England 'colluded' with sex abuse bishop and failed victims, says report

Posted: Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:14

The head of the Church of England, Justin Welby, has admitted that the Church "concealed" evidence of child abuse by a former bishop and failed to help his victims.

NSS calls for moratorium on Government funding of cathedrals

NSS calls for moratorium on Government funding of cathedrals

Posted: Tue, 16 May 2017 13:22

Following concerns raised by the National Secular Society, the UK spending watchdog has concluded that "improvements" were needed in the process the Government used to award vast sums of public money for cathedral repairs.

Secular schools ‘more appropriate than faith schools’ in diverse Britain

Secular schools ‘more appropriate than faith schools’ in diverse Britain

Posted: Mon, 06 Feb 2017 11:43

Pupils from Muslim backgrounds outnumber those from Christian families in more than 30 Church of England faith schools, according to a report in the Times.

Government must not prop up the Church of England, says NSS

Government must not prop up the Church of England, says NSS

Posted: Fri, 27 Jan 2017 11:37

The National Secular Society has urged the Government to allow the Church of England to find its own level of sustainability, in a response to a Government-led review.

NSS calls for UK's public spending watchdog to investigate state handouts to churches

NSS calls for UK's public spending watchdog to investigate state handouts to churches

Posted: Thu, 17 Nov 2016 11:59

The National Audit Office has been asked to scrutinise the significant sums of public money that the Government has handed out to wealthy religious organisations.

Church academy chain to close only secular school

Church academy chain to close only secular school

Posted: Tue, 15 Nov 2016 10:40

A Church of England multi-academy trust is set to close the only non-faith school under its control.

CofE faith school to insist parents attend church for two years

CofE faith school to insist parents attend church for two years

Posted: Tue, 08 Nov 2016 13:17

A Church of England faith school in Heysham is considering changing its admissions policy to require parents to attend church for a much longer period to help secure a school place for their child.

Church of England to consider cutting requirement for regular services

Church of England to consider cutting requirement for regular services

Posted: Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:58

The Church of England is considering steps to abandon its current national obligations by lifting the requirement to hold regular services.

Government is irresponsible to lavish more funds on Cathedrals when the Church can afford to pay

Government is irresponsible to lavish more funds on Cathedrals when the Church can afford to pay

Posted: Tue, 09 Aug 2016 10:38

The National Secular Society has criticised the latest wave of taxpayer funding for cathedrals, after the Department for Culture, Media and Sport announced £14.5 million for repairs.

Cruelty was normalised at Church of England children’s home, says report

Cruelty was normalised at Church of England children’s home, says report

Posted: Thu, 14 Jul 2016 10:57

An independent review into Kendall house, a children's home run by the Church of England, has reported "harrowing" findings where girls were sedated and abused.

NSS criticise Church plan to open 125 new free schools

NSS criticise Church plan to open 125 new free schools

Posted: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:49

The Church of England is planning to bid for control of more than one quarter of the new free schools announced by the Government.

Church ‘using academisation to increase religious influence in schools’

Church ‘using academisation to increase religious influence in schools’

Posted: Fri, 17 Jun 2016 11:20

The NSS has written to the Department for Education over concerns that the Church of England is using academisation to strengthen its influence in schools – over the objections of school governors.

Church review into abusive Bishop refuses to explicitly consider bullying of victims in its Terms of Reference

Church review into abusive Bishop refuses to explicitly consider bullying of victims in its Terms of Reference

Posted: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:23

A victim of clerical abuse has refused to give evidence to a Church review of the Bishop Peter Ball case, after it declined to explicitly mention intimidation of victims in its Terms of Reference.

NSS urges schools commissioner to reject church plan to control community schools

NSS urges schools commissioner to reject church plan to control community schools

Posted: Tue, 05 Apr 2016 16:25

The National Secular Society has called on the Regional Schools Commissioner for the North of England to oppose plans for a Church of England takeover of four Newcastle schools.

NSS urges Government to fix the date for Easter now, not wait indefinitely for religious consensus

NSS urges Government to fix the date for Easter now, not wait indefinitely for religious consensus

Posted: Wed, 23 Mar 2016 08:50

The NSS has urged the Government to fix the date for the Easter public holiday – warning that religious consensus is likely to take decades and may even be impossible.

Church cut contact with child abuse victim on order of insurers

Church cut contact with child abuse victim on order of insurers

Posted: Wed, 16 Mar 2016 13:12

A report by Ian Elliott, an expert in child safeguarding, has found "repeated failures" by clergy and bishops in the Church of England to deal with reports by survivors of child abuse.

Four Newcastle schools facing Church of England takeover

Four Newcastle schools facing Church of England takeover

Posted: Wed, 09 Mar 2016 12:16

Four non-religious schools are to be merged with a CofE primary under a single academy trust controlled by the Church of England, in a move described as a "takeover".

NSS raises alarm over major flaws in Church’s sex abuse inquiry

NSS raises alarm over major flaws in Church’s sex abuse inquiry

Posted: Wed, 24 Feb 2016 11:54

The National Secular Society has warned that the Church's inquiry into their handling of the Bishop Peter Ball sex abuse case could leave significant questions unanswered.

Welby says separation of church and state “would not be a disaster”, admits establishment has been abused

Welby says separation of church and state “would not be a disaster”, admits establishment has been abused

Posted: Tue, 23 Feb 2016 13:08

The Archbishop of Canterbury has said that while he is opposed to the disestablishment of the Church of England, the separation of church and state would not be a disaster for the Anglican Church.

Church stresses “urgent need” to focus evangelism on children, young people and their parents

Church stresses “urgent need” to focus evangelism on children, young people and their parents

Posted: Thu, 18 Feb 2016 11:19

The NSS has warned that publicly funded schools shouldn't be used for evangelism after a report from the Church of England stressed an "urgent need to focus on children, young people and their parents".