Yesterday General Synod of the Church of England decided to increase the fees payable at weddings and funerals. Nothing too much unusual about that, it happens every year and fees increase annually. The difference this year is the amount of the increase. Present funeral fees are £102 which are to be raised to £160. I can see no justification whatsoever for such a steep rise of over 50%. which will hit people at their most vulnerable and begin to make funerals taken by CofE clergy prohibitively expensive. Where is the pastoral care demonstrated by this increase?