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Providers vindicated

15 February 2013

LOCAL authorities should not be "squeamish" about the religious motivations of faith-based service-providers, a new report published by the think tank Demos argues.

Faithful Providers, published last month, says that some local authorities fear that religious organisations that provide services, such as drug rehabilitation programmes, might attempt to proselytise.

But the report, which is based on 20 interviews with faith-based service-providers, says that the author "found no evidence of aggressive proselytising . . . and many provided services to community members of different faiths and no faith".

The author of the report, Jonathan Birdwell, said: "This research clearly dispels the myth that all faith-based service-providers are only interested in preaching."

www.demos.co.uk/publications/faithfulproviders

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