Everyone has the right, subject to qualifying rules, to ask their local Church of England church to conduct a wedding or funeral; thus there are nationally agreed legal fees.
These Parochial (or Statutory) Fees are set annually by General Synod and the published Table of Fees is available to download from this page.
The Ecclesiastical Fees (Amendment) Measure 2011
introduced a number of important changes that came into force in January 2013. The principle changes are as follows:
So there are two parts to the Parochial Fee:
- The ownership of the Fee: that part which was sometimes known the Clergy Fee now belongs to the Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF) and is lawfully payable to the Diocese.
- There is no Parochial Fee for the funeral of anyone under the age of 16 years and from 2020 onwards the threshold for funeral fees rises to 18 years of age.
- It clarified what can be included within the authorised fees and thus what 'allowable extras' the local church is able to make, as an additional charge.
- that part which is proscribed to the Diocesan Board of Finance
- that part which accrues to the local church, the PCC.
As with other dioceses, the Diocese of Liverpool has its own arrangements for allocating a portion of the DBF Fee to retired and self-supporting clergy, as well as those Readers who may take funerals.
In addition to the Parochial Fee there are also allowable extras (such as heating or an organist).
Explore the additional pages in this section for practical guidance on these issues, as well as how to manage the DBF element of the fee, how to record Fee income in the church accounts, and the sometimes complex question of which church actually owns the PCC element of the Fee.
For guidance on Parochial Fees please contact Gordon Fath by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0151 705 2180.