Law and religion round-up – 9th October

A week which was “Just Fine” for some…

COVID-19 inquiries

The UK inquiry got under way on Tuesday with a minute’s silence for the victims of the pandemic. At the first preliminary hearing the Chair, Lady Hallett, said that she would do “everything in her power” to explore what happened and what lessons needed to be learned, saying the inquiry would be “thorough and fair”.

In Scotland, Lady Poole, who had been appointed chair of the independent COVID-19 public inquiry in December 2021, has given notice that she intends to step down from the role for personal reasons. Deputy First Minister John Swinney confirmed the news in a letter to MSPs and said that he had already spoken with the Lord President about arrangements for appointing a new judicial chair for the inquiry.

Grant aid from a parish or town council to a place of worship

Whether a parish or town council may provide grant aid to a place of worship is covered by our posts here and here. Continue reading