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Crawley Borough Council

Postby aedwests_human » Wed 18 Jun, 2008 11:02 am

Here is an email I sent to Crawley Borough Council. The reply follows.

As you can see, they do not keep records of the religious nature of the organisations they contract with. However, there is a list of contracts available at their website (none are faith-based): ... dition=Web
and a list of grants (two are for religious organisations): ... nodeId=107. They did not furnish me with a contract, but have signed up to a procurement strategy with Horsham and Mid Sussex (see this link ... 146612.pdf)
Here is a link to their policy for awarding local grants: ... 2006-7.doc

I have forwarded on the reply to the BHA, and followed up with another email to Crawley BC.

Email sent on 14th April

Dear Crawley BC

I am one of the British Humanist Association (BHA) local development volunteers.

One of the BHA's main campaigning areas is public service reform, and in particular the inclusion of religious organisations as providers of public services, on behalf of the State. There are particular issues that arise with contracting to religious organisations.

I would be most grateful if you could answer the questions below. I will feed these back to the BHA.



1. Does WSCC or Crawley BC contract with religious / 'faith-based' organisations to provide any public services?

a) If no, is WSCC or Crawley BC planning to?

b) If yes, which organisations and which services?

2. Are there provisions in the contracts you use to ensure that, while providing a service, religious organisations are not allowed:

a) To discriminate in their employment?

b) To discriminate against service users?

c) To proselytise?

3. Are there provisions in the contracts to ensure that the contracted service provider acts as though it is bound by the Human Rights Act 1998?

4. Are the contractual provisions in terms of preventing discrimination, religious activity and so on the same in subcontracts as they are in prime contracts?

If possible, could you email a copy of a standard contract and subcontract?

Thanks very much

Reply received on 27th May

Dear Andrew,

Thank you very much for your email. Sincere apologies for the time taken
to respond but wanted to make sure that the correct information was
being passed onto you and several different departments are responsible
for the information you mention.

Our Equalities Officer has advised that we do not collect any data with
regards to contracting with Religious or 'faith based' organisations.
Purchasing at the Council is done by each individual department and it
does not appear that any records are kept individually.

In terms of our contracts, we expect contractors to abide with our
Equalities policy and comply with the Human Rights Act 1998.

Kind regards,

Procurement Department
Crawley Borough Council

Faith, Belief and Culture Guide

Postby aedwests_human » Mon 24 Nov, 2008 9:03 pm

Here is a link to the 2008 Faith, Belief and Culture Guide, which now has a Humanism entry: ... eGuide.pdf

This was a joint project with Crawley Inter Faith Network.

Crawley Borough Council Religion & Belief Consultation 2

Postby aedwests_human » Fri 06 Nov, 2009 10:11 pm

I was invited to participate in Crawley Borough Council's Religion & Belief Consultation on 5th November 2009.

After a brief introduction, we split into two groups of 10 people. We were presented with a series of questions to discuss, such as "Is Crawley Borough Council meeting the social housing needs of different religious denominations?" and "How well is Crawley BC contributing to social cohesion?"

The discussions were lively. Bullet points were recorded and will be collated into a report, which I will provide a link to later. There was also an online consultation which will be integrated into the report.

The consultation was well organised and gave me an opportunity to meet with various members of the Council. In particular, David Smith (Customer Focus Appraisal Adviser) was interested in Humanism and offered to help in my fight for Humanist representation in SACRE.

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