Faith and Society APPG

First Registered: 30/07/2015 • Last updated on: 10/03/2021

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To highlight the contribution to society by faith-based organisations, to identify best practice, and to promote understanding of the groups providing innovative solutions around the country.

Note: All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are informal, cross-party groups formed by MPs and Members of the House of Lords who share a common interest in a particular policy area, region or country. APPGs have no official status within Parliament.

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Recent Documents related to Faith and Society

1. Official Statistics: Cabinet Office statistics: standards and policies
19/06/2019 - Cabinet Office
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Found: Office Minister for Civil Society Director Ð Office for Civil Society Deputy Director Ð Social

2. Tearfund - written evidence
09/09/2019 - Inquiry: Beyond Aid: The UK’s Strategic Engagement in Africa - Foreign Affairs Committee
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Found: in Africa, particularly in contexts where civil society is disempowered by repressive governments. Therefore

3. Community Life Survey 2018-19
25/07/2019 - Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
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Found: Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport and Civil Society Lauren Schofield Private Secretary

4. Bahá'í Faith
28/09/2017 - APPGs

Found: the Bahá'í faith and the efforts of the Bahá'í community to contribute to British society, and to seek

5. Anti-Semitic Attack in Halle, Germany
14/10/2019 - Early Day Motions

Found: notes with concern the increase in antisemitism in society and the impact on the Jewish community; resolves

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to Faith and Society

1. Covid-19: Faith Groups
11/02/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: attention to the extraordinary scale and value of faith groups’ contributions in response to the pandemic - Speech Link

2. Religious Schools: Admission Policies
29/04/2019 - Lords Chamber

1: Lords, many schools with faith-based admissions have diverse intakes. Faith schools do not have significantly - Speech Link
2: religion, and 53% of rural primary schools are faith schools. Almost three in 10 families in England - Speech Link
3: Lords, I have used faith schools and my children do so. Is it not true that faith schools are extremely - Speech Link

3. Commonwealth Summit: Faith Leaders
15/01/2018 - Lords Chamber

1: Government how they will ensure the engagement of faith leaders in events around the Commonwealth Summit - Speech Link
2: Meeting in London in April this year, when faith leaders, civil society, business leaders and young people will - Speech Link
3: place then has transformed many of the UK’s own faith communities. What plans do Her Majesty’s Government - Speech Link

4. Places of Worship: Protective Security Funding
07/05/2019 - Lords Chamber

1: terrorists in Sri Lankan churches as they observed their faith on Easter Sunday. More victims were targeted in - Speech Link
2: fear and apprehension for those practising their faith in places of worship. But this cannot be regarded - Speech Link
3: organisations and civil society, including of course faith organisations and faith communities, will be - Speech Link

5. Overseas Aid: Charities and Faith-based Organisations
12/07/2018 - Lords Chamber

1: Majesty’s Government to engage with small charities and faith-based organisations in delivering United Kingdom - Speech Link
2: more of the smaller charities. The 2016 Civil Society Partnership Review noted that smaller charities - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Faith and Society
1. Faith Schools
asked by: Jo Stevens
... whether he has any plans to revise the inclusivity and community and engagement requirements for new faith schools.

2. Faith Schools
asked by: Lord Storey
...To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Yeshiva schools there are in England.

3. Faith Schools
asked by: Bob Blackman
...What steps she is taking to support the opening of more faith schools.

4. Society of Homeopaths
asked by: Andrea Jenkyns
... what assessment his Department has made of the implications for its policies of the decision by the Professional Standards Authority to renew the Society of Homeopaths’ accreditation.

5. Society of Antiquaries
asked by: Zarah Sultana
... what steps he has taken to help the Society of Antiquaries remain at New Burlington House.

Latest Questions
9 Current APPG Officers
Gary Streeter Portrait
Gary Streeter
Vice Chair
Conservative - South West Devon
Joined: 30th July 2015
Baroness Neuberger Portrait
Baroness Neuberger
Vice Chair
Crossbench - Life peer
Joined: 30th July 2015
No other APPG Memberships
Lord Singh of Wimbledon Portrait
Lord Singh of Wimbledon
Vice Chair
Crossbench - Life peer
Joined: 28th September 2017
David Linden Portrait
David Linden
Vice Chair
Scottish National Party - Glasgow East
Joined: 24th February 2020
David Lammy Portrait
David Lammy
Labour - Tottenham
Joined: 30th July 2015
4 APPG Memberships
Alevis , British Jews , Caribbean , Fatherhood
Steve Double Portrait
Steve Double
Conservative - St Austell and Newquay
Joined: 30th July 2015
Contact Details

Registered Contact:

Stephen Timms MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 020 7219 4000.


Public Enquiry Point:

Matthew Allen, FaithAction, LifeLine House, 25 Neville Road, Dagenham RM8 3QS. Tel: 0800 804 8829



FaithAction acts as the group's secretariat.

Group's Website:

Benefits in Kind
21 Jan 2020
Secretariat   From : 21/01/2020 To : 20/01/2021
18 Jul 2018
Secretariat   From : 18/07/2018 To : 17/07/2019
18 Jul 2017
Secretariat   From : 18/07/2017 To : 17/07/2018
7 Jun 2016
Secretariat   From : 07/06/2016 To : 06/06/2017

No direct financial benefits are on record for the Faith and Society APPG

Former APPG Officers
Gary Streeter Portrait
Gary Streeter
Vice Chair
Conservative - South West Devon
Joined: 30th July 2015
Departed: 21st November 2018
Lord Tyler Portrait
Lord Tyler
Vice Chair
Liberal Democrat - Life peer
Joined: 30th July 2015
Departed: 2nd May 2017