Joint Public Issues Team
The Joint Public Issues Team represents a joint approach to public policy information, campaigning and advocacy on the part of several Christian denominations in the United Kingdom. It was formed in 2007 by the Baptist Union of Great Britain, Methodist Church of Great Britain and the United Reformed Church. In March 2015 the Church of Scotland became part of the team.
The objectives of the joint approach are to share working resources, combine campaigning voice and demonstrate practical working together by the member churches 'to live out the gospel of Christ in church and society'.
Issues addressed jointly include peacemaking, social justice, climate change, food banks and challenging the UK government to rethink its approach to social security benefit sanctions, supporting the Select Committee for Work and Pensions' call for a full independent review of benefit sanctions policy in their report published in March 2015.
Rachel Lampard MBE, the current team leader, served as Vice-President of the Methodist Conference during the year 2016/17.
- Initially for a one-year pilot only
- Church of Scotland (2015), Church enters partnership on public issues
- "Joint Public Issues Team - Live out the gospel of Christ in church and society". www.jointpublicissues.org.uk.
- "Roger Walton & Rachel Lampard elected as Methodist President & Vice-President for 2016/17". www.methodist.org.uk.