Scottish Government religious subsidy of the week – 4 – £60,000 pa to Interfaith Glasgow

The Scottish Government now gives an annual grant of £60,000 to Interfaith Glasgow.

This is in addition to grants previously publicised by ESS of £120,000 pa to Interfaith Scotland and £70,000 per annum to Interfaith Edinburgh. The cumulative annual funding for interfaith work revealed so far by ESS is thus a quarter of a million pounds – £250,000 per annum

The work of Interfaith Glasgow is documented at http://www.interfaithglasgow.org and at least this interfaith organisation admits upfront that it is funded by the Scottish Government. The growth of city based funding, in addition to the funding of the nation wide interfaith organisation, Interfaith Scotland, which is already based in Glasgow, looks highly questionable.

Most of the denominations involved will be charities and will benefit from tax relief on income and gains, rates relief and gift aid. Why then should additional public funds be channelled to them? There ought to be no need for this funding. Local authorities are well placed to facilitate cooperation and dialogue between religious denominations if it is felt that there are problematic aspects of relationships between them and the denominations themselves ought to be open to dialogue between themselves out of religious goodwill and their own resources.

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