Wednesday, 8 February 2012


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?


  1. Obviously taken the proverbial leaf out of the books of local authorities and how they increase fees for parking, leisure activities, social "care", licensing and the like.

  2. Actually there has been no increase this year, since General Synod threw out the proposals last July, so this increase is for January 2013. I'm sure the huge hike is a reminder to General Synod not to thwart the bureaucracy in future