General Election 2024

As we prepare for the General Election on 4 July, a number of organisations have produced resources that might be helpful to look at.

The Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales has a dedicated page about the General Election.

The Centre for Catholic Social Thought and Practice has a page where they will be adding resources and the opportunity to sign up for a newsletter.

The Catholic Education Service has produced a number of resources for schools and teachers in preparing for the election.

CAFOD have produced a Year of Encounter resource with ideas and suggestions as to how Catholics can use their voice in the election. They also have a dedicated page for the general election with guides on issues around poverty and climate change suggesting how Catholics could reach out to candidates on these issues. The SVP are now working very closely with CAFOD so some of these resources can also be downloaded from the dedicated SVP website.

The Catholic Union has a dedicated General Election page, which will shortly feature a special publication helping Catholics to think about the questions they would like to ask candidates.

 

Faith Schools Consultation

The Catholic Union has been leading a campaign to ‘scrap the cap’ on admissions to Faith based schools. They write:

“Thanks to your support we are now closer than ever to lifting the cap and giving more young people the benefit of a Catholic education. The decision is subject to a public consultation which closes on 20 June, and we need your help again to make sure we get this change over the line and implemented as soon as possible.

The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has launched a new “e-action” tool on their website that allows you to take part in the consultation with the click of a couple of buttons.

It takes 30 seconds to complete the form. The responses go directly to the Department for Education and will make a real difference to the outcome of the consultation.

While we know the importance and benefit of Catholic education, there are others who do not. A number of campaign groups are working hard to stop the cap from being lifted, so it is vitally important that we make our voices heard.

There have been attempts to lift the cap since it was introduced at the roll out of the free school programme, 14 years ago. This latest attempt was led by the Catholic laity with over 1,000 people signing our open letter to Gillian Keegan.

Having come so far, we need to make sure that there is a big response from the Church community to this consultation and that we finally scrap the cap!”