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Govt wants more diverse councils
Commission to explore barriers to council diversity

The government is to explore why so many councillors are middle aged white men, with a new investigation exploring the barriers which prevent people from standing. The Councillors Commission wants to understand why more women, young people and people from ethnic minorities do not stand as candidates and is inviting people to submit their own… Read more »

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Curriculum Bill passes stage one in Senedd

A Bill that will make religious education in Wales fully inclusive of humanism has passed the first stage before becoming law. Wales Humanists – which has long campaigned for this change – has strongly welcomed the news, saying the Bill will make Wales ‘a world-leader in inclusive education’. Following a debate, Senedd members today voted… Read more »

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Austria’s top court decriminalises assisted dying

Helping ‘seriously ill’ people to end their lives will no longer be a criminal offence in Austria, following a judgment from the country’s top court. Humanists UK, which campaigns for legal assisted dying across the UK, has welcomed the move as a victory for reason, compassion, and empathy. News of the decision comes just weeks after… Read more »

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Asylum seeker policy is 'failing'
Govt’s failed asylum policy ‘lacks human decency’

The government’s treatment of failed asylum seekers goes against “human decency” and needs to be reformed, a report published today has argued. Commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust Moving On: from destitution to contribution claims the government’s policy towards refused asylum seekers is “failing” and leaves people in “appalling and inhumane” conditions. The Home… Read more »