DDC will follow council prayer laws

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DAVENTRY District Council has said it will act ‘within the law’ after a ruling on prayers at council meetings.

Last week a judge said councils had no power to put prayers on official agendas as they were not connected to the work and purpose of the authority.

DDC routinely puts “prayers” as the first agenda item at full council meetings and invites representatives from the district’s different faith groups to lead them.

Simon Bovey, DDC deputy chief executive, said: “We will consider the judgement carefully and act within the law.”

The Bishop of Peterborough, the Rt Revd Donald Allister, who covers Daventry, said: “Prayers need not be part of the official business, and those wishing to enter a meeting after prayers but before the official start should of course be free to do so.

“It is surely right to seek God’s guidance in our decision making, and his blessing on our communities.”