Funding of the Inter Faith Network
The Inter Faith Network (IFN) is at risk of closure, due to a discontinuation of funding from Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC). The Network has great importance in our multi faith society and although discussions are underway to explore other funding options, the Network suggest that it would be valuable for organisations to write to their local MP, or to the Secretary of State, Rt Hon Michael Gove MP or to the Minister for Faith, Baroness Scott of Bybrook, at DLUHC.
It would be helpful if your letter or email explained the importance of IFN’s work from your perspective and ask that the Department reconsider its decision on funding and make funding available to IFN for 2023-24.
At this time the board does not think that open letters or sharing on social media will be helpful.
IFN would be grateful if copies of submissions are also sent to them, and also any replies that are received.
Writing in support of funding to enable the work of the IFN to continue:
- Be succinct – aim for no longer than one and a half A4 pages
- Include your address for a reply
- Introduce yourself and sharing why you/your organisation care about the issue you are raising
- Explain what the problem is and how serious it is
- Ask that funding for the IFN be granted for 2023-24
- Invite them to take action and ask for a response
Writing to your MP
Writing to your MP should lead him/her to raise your issue with the relevant Government Minister. You can write to your MP as below. You can also send an email – you can find their address here.
Name of MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Writing to the Minister of Faith and Communities, using salutation Dear Minister
The Rt Hon Baroness Scott of Bybrook OBE, Minister for Faith and Communities, Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, South West Quadrant, 2nd Floor, Fry Building, Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF
Writing to Secretary of State, using salutation Dear Secretary of State
The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, South West Quadrant, 2nd Floor, Fry Building, Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF
You can also send a letter by email to Mr Chris Turner at DLUHC asking him to kindly forward to the Secretary of State’s office at [email protected]