Inter Faith Network - Commons Urgent Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords am 2:13 pm ar 22 Chwefror 2024.

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Photo of Baroness Sherlock Baroness Sherlock Shadow Spokesperson (Work and Pensions) 2:13, 22 Chwefror 2024

My Lords, I thank the Minister for repeating that Answer. Our country is strengthened by the richness and diversity of the faith traditions here, but the Government have a responsibility to help to facilitate positive relationships between different faith communities—all the more so in these difficult times.

We have now had some explanation of what has gone on here, but there are outstanding questions. First, funding for the current financial year was offered to the IFN last July, so can the Minister explain when the decision was taken to withdraw it and, crucially, whether the charity was told before the work being funded during this year had been undertaken? Secondly, have the Government made plans to make up for this loss of capacity by supporting other work facilitating relationships between faith communities?