Week in Westminster 28th January – 1st February 2019

Westminster-abbeyThis week in the House of Lords bishops spoke about social housing, the NHS long-term plan, mental health care for children and young people,  and on amendments to the Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc.) Bill. They voted on a Motion about the Government’s EU Withdrawal Agreement and asked questions about gambling, teacher recruitment, nurses, the female offender strategy, and fly-tipping.

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Week in Westminster 21st-25th January 2019

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke about poverty in the UK, cultural and heritage services facing council cuts, and on a customs union amendment to the Government’s Trade Bill.  They asked questions on Religious Education in the English Baccalaureate, EU environmental regulations, rail services in the north east, and the welfare of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe in Iran. Continue reading “Week in Westminster 21st-25th January 2019”

Week in Westminster 14th-18th January 2019

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke and voted on the Government’s EU Withdrawal Agreement, the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill, and the Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc.) Bill. They also spoke in debates on online gambling, and the effects of the Internet on children’s health.  They asked questions on Brexit, gambling by children, Yemen, Islamophobia, pensions, school exclusions, and arts education.

In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions from MPs on historic church buildings, Christian persecution overseas, and the promotion of marriage. Continue reading “Week in Westminster 14th-18th January 2019”

Week in Westminster 7th-11th January 2019

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke in debates on the Government’s EU Withdrawal Agreement, and the welfare of girls in conflict-afflicted countries. 

They asked questions on benefit reforms and the impact on children, Iranians seeking asylum in the UK, child refugees, and Universal Credit. The Bishop of Durham welcomed the Government’s announcement on the two-child limit on welfare benefits.

In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions on cathedral choirs and disability discrimination legislation. Continue reading “Week in Westminster 7th-11th January 2019”

Bishop of Durham Welcomes Universal Credit Announcement

From the Church of England website:

Following comments by the Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd on changes to Universal Credit, the Bishop of Durham, Paul Butler, who speaks for the Church of England on issues relating to children and young people, said:

“As a just and compassionate society, we believe that every child is a blessing and deserves to be treated equally.

“So I very much welcome today’s announcement that the two-child limit policy will not be extended to children born before the policy came into effect in April 2017. I also welcome the Government’s more considered approach to moving people on to Universal Credit from the old benefits system.

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Week in Westminster 17th-21st December 2018

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke in debates on the Commission on Religious Education, the treatment of people with terminal illnesses, plastic pollution, arts and wellbeing, Islamophobia, and the work of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. They asked questions on homelessness, Yemen, Brexit, Burma, sanctions on Iran, and university admissions, and a bishop  took part in a vote on an amendment to the Government’s Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill. Parliament approved four Church of England Measures, which then received Royal Assent. Parliament rose for the Christmas recess and will return on January 7th, 2019. Continue reading “Week in Westminster 17th-21st December 2018”

Week in Westminster 10th-14th December 2018

This week in Parliament the Archbishop of Canterbury led a House of Lords debate on reconciliation. The Lords Spiritual also spoke on the Government’s EU Withdrawal Agreement, Operation Conifer, and online pornography. They asked questions on trainee nurses, Universal Credit, and international human rights. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions about Christ Church college, Oxford, and Christians Against Poverty. Continue reading “Week in Westminster 10th-14th December 2018”