Christians urged not to celebrate Sunday school inspection u-turn too soon
by Alex Williams, Premier:
Christians are being warned against celebrating too soon, after talk of the government possibly retreating on plans to regulate Sunday schools.
The Evangelical Alliance and the Christian Institute fear church classes still face potential inspections by Ofsted regardless of whether the Counter-extremism bill becomes enshrined in law.
Simon Calvert, deputy director for public affairs at the Christian Institute, told Premier’s News Hour: “If the government wanted to go ahead with some kind of regulation and inspection system, it could do that without the need for a counter-extremism bill. We have to be on the alert.”
A Whitehall source was quoted by the Observer newspaper on Sunday as saying the bill was “sinking without a trace” and it’s understood the proposed legislation will be quietly set aside.