Times: Bishop of St Albans voices concern about delay in reduction of betting machine stakes

On 16th June 2018 the Bishop of St Albans, Rt Revd Alan Smith, was a signatory to a letter to The Times newspaper registering concern about reports of a delay to the implementation of a reduction in stakes to £2 for fixed-odds betting terminals:

BETTING STAKE DELAY

Sir, Your report (June 15) that bookmakers have struck a backroom deal with the Treasury to delay for two years the implementation of the stake reduction on highly addictive fixed-odds betting terminals from £100 a spin to £2 is deeply disturbing. Continue reading “Times: Bishop of St Albans voices concern about delay in reduction of betting machine stakes”

Week in Westminster, 11th-15th June 2018

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke and voted on UK citizenship fees, an amendment to the Government’s Civil Liability Bill and the membership of a Lords committee. They asked questions about crimes against humanity in Myanmar, and funding for women’s centres. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered a question on Seaham Parish Church. Continue reading “Week in Westminster, 11th-15th June 2018”

Week in Westminster, 4th-8th June 2018

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke in debates on Israel and Palestine, and refugee resettlement, and asked  questions about SEN funding, leukaemia treatment, Burundi, and Forestry Commission land. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions on modern slavery, Middle East peace,  Church of Scotland relations, LGBTQ community, bell ringing, Nigerian Christians, religious literacy, overseas orphanages, affordable housing, gay conversion therapy and the Pemberton tribunal case.
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Week in Westminster, 21st May – 25th May 2018

This week in the House of Lords the Bishop of London was introduced  and took her seat on the Bishops’ Benches. Bishops also asked  questions about religious literacy in Government, the UK Shared Prosperity fund, and support for  hospitals and injured protesters in Gaza.

The Bishop of Oxford and Bishop of Worcester were on duty in the Lords throughout the week, reading prayers at the start of each sitting day.

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Bishop of London introduced to House of Lords

On Thursday 24th May 2018 the Bishop of London, Rt Revd Sarah Mullally, was Introcuced to the House of Lords by the Archbishop of Canterbury and Bishop of Chichester, and took her seat on the Bishops’ Benches.

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Week in Westminster, 14th May – 18th May 2018

This week in the House of Lords the Bishop of St Albans welcomed the Government announcement on the reduction in the maximum stake for fixed-odds betting terminals from £100 to £2. Bishops also asked  questions about Gaza, immigration removals and appeals, renewable energy, forced marriage, childcare costs, Universal Credit, NHS chaplaincy, forestry, and support for cathedrals. Bishops voted on amendments to the Government’s EU (Withdrawal) Bill and the Bishop of Lincoln was appointed to a Lords Committee on Regenerating Seaside Towns and Communities. Continue reading “Week in Westminster, 14th May – 18th May 2018”

Bishop of Lincoln appointed to Lords Committee on Regenerating Seaside Towns and Communities

On 17th May 2018 the House of Lords approved a motion to create a Committee to meet for a year, to consider the regeneration of seaside towns and communities. The Bishop of Lincoln, Rt Revd Christopher Lowson, was appointed as one of the Members of the Committee:

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