Boycott call on School Religious Reps in West Dunbartonshire

Humanist Society Scotland have called on the members of West Dunbartonshire’s minority faith groups to boycott the recruitment process for a new religious representative to the Council Education Committee.

At present the Church of Scotland and the Roman Catholic Church each have a representative. Council officers are advertising for a member of any other faith body to fill the vacant third seat. Religious reps have full voting rights in committee meetings but cannot be voted out by the community and are not required to adhere to Ethical Standards in Public Life (Act).

HSS are campaigning to change the law that compels councils in Scotland to appoint three church reps. They are urging supporters to sign an online petition at enlightenup.scot

Gordon Macrae, Chief Executive of HSS, said:

“Church representatives are unelected, unrepresentative and unaccountable. And yet they are still able to vote on every council decision about education in West Dunbartonshire.

Gordon MacRae, HSS Chief Executive

“The local authority are simply doing what is required of them by law but there is nothing to compel West Dunbartonshire’s faith community to take up the vacant seat. I hope we can persuade members of the faith community to leave the vacant seat empty and instead seek to work together to hold our democratically elected councillors to account for the choices they make about schools across the city.

“Removing church representatives further ensures an opportunity for children from different backgrounds to learn and socialise together, breaking down the barriers that divide us and promoting social cohesion.”

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