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Tuesday, 26th November 2013

UK: The Faith Collection

Source: Demos (UK)

The Demos Inquiry into Faith, Community and Society set out to explore the role of faith in British society and politics. It investigated the relationship between religious belief, values and political motivation, and looked at the role that faith groups play in delivering public services. This collection brings together the research conducted for the inquiry, and includes a new essay by the inquiry’s chair, Stephen Timms MP.

The first report of the inquiry, Faithful Citizens, found both that religious people are more active citizens, and that they are more likely to be politically progressive, putting a greater value on equality than the non-religious. The second report, Faithful Providers, argued that local authorities stand to benefit both financially and through improved community relations if religious groups were brought into service delivery.

The essay draws on this research base to discover how, at a time when the number of active faith group participants in Britain far exceeds the number of members of all the political parties put together, politicians can make common cause with this vital constituency.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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