Online help for religious charities
The Blair Government was very keen to delegate ‘social and community projects’ to faith groups, a policy that has created all sorts of problems. While religious organisations like to claim public funds for such projects, there’s the tricky issue of discrimination, with some seeking exemption from anti-discrimination legislation on faith grounds. The Church Urban Fund has advice for Christian organisations about this sort of thing:
The Church Urban Fund has launched a free online resource to promote excellence in employment by faith-based charities involved in social and community projects.
The guide, called Just Employment, contains advice and case studies about the specific issues faced by these groups, such as whether discrimination laws prevent them from excluding people who are not Christian and what to do about employees whose values clash with an organisation’s ethos.