In a submission to the Department for Culture Media and Support (DCMS), the British Methodist Church has criticised the Government for ‘irresponsible’ and ‘potentially dangerous’ gambling legislation proposals.
The Methodist Church has welcomed the new Gambling Commission report and its recommendations. The report underlines the responsibility of the industry to provide money to help people who are harmed by gambling.
Church leaders meeting in Richmond have overwhelmingly voted against a move to discourage churches from applying for or receiving National Lottery Funding. The Synod (or ‘parliament’) of the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds rejected a motion that they should encourage parishes not to apply for National Lottery Funding.
The Methodist Church says it is relieved by the Gambling Commission’s prevalence study, which shows that the number of problem gamblers is the same as the previous study in 1999 and the number of people gambling is slightly lower.
In advance of today's (Wednesday’s) votes in Parliament on the geographical distribution of casino premises licences, campaigners including churches and other faith communities have been reiterating their opposition to the proposals to place a super-casino in Manchester.