This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke in debates on strengthening families and in response to Government plans on betting terminals. They asked questions about poverty, NHS charging, benefits freezes, universal credit, children’s and workplace mental health support, welfare of those in police care, and metal theft from churches. Bishops also voted on amendments to the Government’s Financial Guidance and Claims Bill. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered a question about church music and St. Sepulchre-without-Newgate Church.
The Archbishop of Canterbury and Bishops of Oxford and Leeds were on duty in the Lords throughout the week, reading prayers at the start of each sitting day.
Monday 30th October
Dame Caroline Spelman answered a question from Philip Hollobone MP about church music and St. Sepulchre-without-Newgate Church in London.
The Bishop of Durham received a written answer to a question on Universal Credit.
The Bishop of Oxford asked Government about policies to help the poorest of the poor, who were falling behind.
The Archbishop of Canterbury asked Government for better early intervention in children’s mental health services.
The Bishop of Chester called for the NHS to be given responsibility for those in police care.
Tuesday 31st October
Two bishops took part in a vote on the Government’s Financial Guidance and Claims Bill.
Wednesday 1st November
The Bishop of St Albans asked whether workplace chaplains could help employees experiencing mental health issues.
Thursday 2nd November
The Bishop of Durham received answers to questions on the impact on the vulnerable of changes to NHS charging rules. He also received answers to questions on the impact of cost of living increases and the benefits freeze on families.