04/07/13 – FaithAction E-News

This week, we've news regarding the Muslim community and the potential of payroll giving, plus the chance to have your say on health and care services, and a range of helpful resources.

FaithAction's National Executive Director, Daniel Singleton, has written two new blogs, the first about the importance of being willing to pause and notice, and the second regarding faith and localism.



Channel Four to broadcast prayer call during Ramadan

The BBC reports that Channel Four, as part of a series of programmes regarding Ramadan, will be broadcasting the adhān, the Muslim call to prayer, each morning for the duration of the month. Ralph Lee, head of factual programming, said that it would be a form of provocation aimed at those who would associate Islam with extremism, and that they were carrying out their role as ‘voice to the under-represented’, comparing the number of people participating in Ramadan to the number involved in national events that receive blanket news coverage.



British Muslims sign historic Intra-Faith Unity Statement

The Muslim Council of Britain has issued a press release regarding a statement signed at the MCB’s AGM on the 29th of July by leaders and representatives from across the Muslim community, calling for ‘respect, dialogue and cooperation’ between all of Britain’s Muslims.

The press release is available to read here.


Payroll giving could be worth £175 million

Research released by the Charities Aid Foundation as part of the Growing Giving Parliamentary inquiry has shown that charities could receive up to £175 million a year from payroll giving if barriers to schemes were removed. Figures indicate that only one in thirty-four employers, less than 8,500, were offering their staff the chance to give to charity directly from their pay, while results of the survey carried out for CAF revealed that a third of people said that they were ‘likely’ to give if able, with a further 8% saying it was ‘very likely’.

The full report can be found here.


Get involved

Care Quality Commission: A New Start

As part of a series of consultations launched by the CQC, they are holding events throughout July for those interested in participating. Events will be hosted in London, Leeds, Cambridge, Newcastle, and Preston. The first consultation, launched in June, focuses on the inspection and regulation of care services and the fundamental level of care that all services must provide.

For more information regarding the events, please see the invitation letter.

To register your interest in the events, please click here.

For more information, and to participate in the consultation, please click here.


Migrant Access to Health Care

The Government has launched a number of consultations regarding the provision of free healthcare to migrants, which will contribute to the proposed Immigration Bill. The Border Agency is running one consultation, considering issues such as requiring a levy or health insurance before entry into the UK is granted, while the Department of Health is running a second consultation, regarding methods for recouping cost of procedures from foreign nationals.



The Third Sector Resource Centre has published a report examining how much of a link there is between volunteering and employability.


The Guardian writes about the messages coming out of the Institute of Fundraising’s National Convention, held this week.


The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has released its annual research of its Minimum Income Standards, showing the level of income needed for an acceptable standard of living.


Responsibility for youth strategy and policy is moving from the Department of Education to the Cabinet Office.


ACEVO, The Foundation Trust Network, and the King’s Fund have released a report on the work of Foundation Trusts, NHS Trusts and the voluntary sector.