Fixed Odds Betting Terminals: £2 maximum stake is ‘right decision’, says bishop
Bishop Alan has welcomed Government plans to limit the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) to £2.
He said the decision was an “essential” step in curbing the harm done by the machines, which he said have “taken advantage of the vulnerable for too long”.
He thanked ministers for their action, announced on 17th May as part of a package of measures in response to a Government consultation.
Bishop Alan had previously written to all members of the General Synod, encouraging them to respond to the consultation with evidence of the consequences of these machines for their communities.
In February 2017, General Synod voted unanimously to support a £2 maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals, and powers for local authorities to control the numbers of these machines on high streets.
Bishop Alan said: “Fixed-odds betting terminals are a scourge on high streets that have taken advantage of the vulnerable for too long.
“I am very glad the Government agrees that a £2 stake is an essential part of the solution.
“Of course, there is more work to be done, but the Government has made the right decision.
“I would like to thank the Prime Minister and her Government, particularly Minister Tracey Crouch MP and Secretary of State Matt Hancock MP for their admirable moral leadership.”
Best new church building or extension and top repair sought
The National Churches Trust and the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association (EASA) are looking for the best new church buildings and extensions, and top repair or conservation architecture.
King of Prussia Gold Medal
The judges for the King of Prussia Gold Medal Award for innovative church conservation or repair work in 2018 will include HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO, Vice-President of the National Churches Trust, and Prince Nicholas von Preussen, Patron of EASA. Bob Allies, founder and partner of Allies and Morrison LLP, will be a special guest judge. The Gold Medal was the gift of King Freidrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia in 1857 who was highly impressed with British Victorian church architecture. The architect(s) responsible for the winning project will receive the prestigious King of Prussia Gold Medal. The winning church or chapel will receive a £500 prize.
New church buildings can be entered for The Presidents’ Award, given on behalf of the National Churches Trust’s Joint Presidents, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York and the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association President. The winning church or chapel will receive a £500 prize.
Young Architect or Surveyor of the Year
A ‘Young Church Architect or Surveyor of the Year’ award will be awarded to an architect or surveyor under 40 or in the early stages of their career who has worked on a winning or shortlisted design entered for either award.
How to enter a project
The deadline for submitting projects is 13 July 2018. A shortlist will be announced in September. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in London on 1 November 2018.
Nominations for the two awards can be made by architects, chartered surveyors, churches and chapels, and anyone else with a passion for great church architecture.
Submitting a nomination can be done online by completing a simple form which can be found at: www.nationalchurchestrust.org/how-we-help/2018-architecture-awards