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Charlie Fox

Charlie joined the Scotland team in October 2020, having just completed his degree in politics and history. Bouncing around from Bradford to Newcastle and finally to Glasgow, he has a passion for serving disadvantaged communities and seeing the church at the heart of local life. Charlie loves getting out into the wilds for some foraging and he also enjoys wild camping for quiet reflection.

Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill: update on the third stage

4 March 2021For a bill to become law through the Scottish parliamentary system, any potential legislation must pass through three stages. The first stage establishes the bill’s basic principles, the second stage sees the bill amended and clarified, and the third stage allows MSPs to vote the bill into law. The third stage of the bill will take place on Wednesday, 10 March. See this update for a more detailed summary of the bill’s progression and why it is so important. As mentioned in our previous Hate…

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Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill: freedom of expression update

25 February 2021As mentioned in our previous update on the Hate Crime and Public Order Bill, the Scottish Government had recently decided not to move some of its own amendments on the controversial bill; MSPs only have a few weeks to come to agreement on some of the bill’s most contested areas. See this update for a more comprehensive summary of how the bill has progressed and why it is so controversial. Last week the Evangelical Alliance met with Humza Yousaf, the cabinet secretary for justice, and then…

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New Scottish strategic framework: February Scottish Government update

25 February 2021In a speech to the Scottish parliament, Nicola Sturgeon set out her cautious plan to take Scotland out of lockdown, the data and thinking behind these plans, as well as some suggested dates when people can expect areas of the nation and economy to reopen. Following from the announcement on 16 February that some children would start to return to school, the First Minister set out a further three stages of reopening. The first stage, expected from 15 March, would see more children return to…

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Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) bill update

15 February 2021The bill was first introduced in 2020 as a means of both simplifying and clarifying Scotland’s various hate crime provisions into a single piece of legislation as well as extending protections to target the act of ‘stirring up hatred’ towards certain groups. These groups are distinguished by their link to ‘protected characteristics’, including religion, race and sexual orientation, among others. In effect, the bill seeks to add extra weight to crimes that specifically target these groups and…

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The route out of lockdown: Scottish Government update

4 February 2021As part of the Scottish Government’s scheduled review of the lockdown measures, the First Minister outlined that restrictions would remain in place at least until March. The previous review of the restrictions was held in mid-January and decided to extend the restrictions until mid-February. These restrictions have seen pubs and shops close as well as a general stay-at-home order. For details on the current restrictions, please see our January lockdown update and our COVID-19 church hub.…

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January lockdown: Scottish Government update

8 January 2021Speaking to the Scottish Parliament, the First Minister announced the need for new tighter restrictions in a bid to combat the fast-spreading new strain of the virus. All of mainland Scotland will remain under these new restrictions for the duration of January, with an initial review scheduled after two weeks; however, it likely the restrictions will continue at least into February. Island communities not connected to the mainland will continue under the level 3 restrictions imposed on Boxing…

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Over 200,000 stories of hope during lockdown

6 December 2020Kieran Turner, public policy officer for the Evangelical Alliance in Scotland, says, “2020 has been a year of disruption for all of us and churches, like many other essential services, have had to adapt. This report has highlighted the significant impact churches up and down the country have had in supporting the most vulnerable in society.” Turner continues, “Churches have re-purposed existing services, and staff and volunteers have quickly been redeployed. New projects have been set up to…

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Level 4 restrictions: Scottish Government update

19 November 2020It is important to note that in-person church services can continue under level 4 restrictions. There are, however, limitations on attendance and travel to such services; please read on for further detail.

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The Five Tier System: Scottish Government November update

5 November 2020It is particularly important to note that as things stand worship gatherings are permitted under every level of the new system, albeit with reduced numbers in level 4. This is a very welcome development and one we have advocated for with the Scottish Government. In addition, there is a travel exemption for people to travel to their normal place of worship in level 3 which is currently relevant for churches in large parts of Scotland. The Scottish Government’s guidance for places of worship has…

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