Council and religious groups sign covenant.
A NEW Faith Covenant formalising the relationship between religious organisations and Calderdale Council has been officially signed.
And Labour MP Stephen Timms, chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Faith and Society, who represents the East Ham constituency in London, attended the event.
Calderdale has become one of the first local authorities in the country to adopt a Faith Covenant.
The idea was established by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Faith and Society last year, as a set of principles to assist partnership working between local authorities and faith groups.
Calderdale's Covenant sets out a number of commitments for the council to work with faith groups, including building relationships and trust with all faith groups, encouraging faith groups and their members to be involved in the reshaping and redesign of local services, and sharing training and learning opportunities with faith communities.
In response, faith organisations have pledged to actively work with the council on a number of their own commitments, which include seeking opportunities to bring communities together and taking part in consultations to help shape the delivery of services.
Calderdale Council leader Tim Swift said: "Faith groups have an important role to play in their communities."
| The signing of the Faith Covenant, with representatives of faith communities in Calderdale, along with Calderdale Council leader Tim Swift, |Mayor of Calderdale Lisa Lambert, Halifax MP, Holly Lynch and MP Stephen Timms, (fifth left) chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Faith and Society