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← Councils win prayer 'rights' as ministers fast track Localism Act powers

epeeist's Avatar Jump to comment 71 by epeeist

Pickle's claim is arguable. The bill only gives councils the right to consider things which are properly the business of the council.

Could, for example, Sheffield declare that it would not grant planning permission to businesses which took part in this central government scheme or Tower Hamlets council close down bank and building society branches in its area because they did not abide by Sharia law on usury? The answer is almost certainly not, they are not the business of the local council.

In a similar way I think we will probably find that the same is true of mandating a particular set of prayers as part of a council meeting.

Sun, 19 Feb 2012 08:28:19 UTC | #919503