Demos has published a report on faith-based providers of public services. Faithful Providers says that local authorities can benefit (financially and by strengthening local communities) if religious and multifaith groups are commissioned to provide public services.
“Local authorities should cease to view commissioning as purely an economic decision, and instead consider the added social value that charitable and faith providers bring.”
Download the report here.
There was a debate with the author Jonathan Birdwell and Andrew Copson of the British Humanist Association on the BBC Radio 4 Sunday programme last month.
The topic of commissioning may come up at our next meeting on 28th February, 2-5pm, at Westminster Central Hall, Storey’s Gate, SW1H 9NH. Please let me know if you are planning to attend so that I can add your name to the list.