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In the Queen’s Speech today the Government pledged to introduce a bill to combat human trafficking and slavery. Setting out Parliament’s legislative agenda up to next year’s General Election, the Queen said that the bill, which the Church in England and Wales has lobbied for, would improve support for victims. In April Westminster Cardinal Vincent Nichols chaired an anti-trafficking conference in Rome, during which Pope Francis met victims.
In the speech the Queen also said that a married couple’s allowance will also be introduced.
Caritas Social Action Network said it welcomed the Government's commitment to tackling trafficking, but said it was disappointed that the Government failed to address a blanket ban on prisoner voting in the speech. The bishop with responsibility for prisons, Richard Moth, described the sanction as “disproportionate”.