Fees for Weddings, Baptisms and Funerals

The Archbishops' Council writes:

The Archbishops' Council has decided to submit to the General Synod in February a Fees Order which will propose fees for 2013 and 2014 as set out in the attached file. Revised draft guidance will also go to the Synod at the same time. This will take on board comments made at the diocesan secretaries' liaison group meeting on Monday.

It is not proposed to increase fees during 2012, so the 2010 Fees Order, which set fees from 1 January 2011, will remain in force until a new Fees Order comes into force. It is expected that the proposed draft Order, if approved by General Synod, will come into force from 1 January 2013.

Incumbents who had not assigned fees to the Diocesan Board of Finance before 1 July 2011 and who have not given the appropriate notice to the diocesan Bishop by 31st December 2011 will remain entitled to receive the present incumbents’ fees while the 2010 Order remains in force. (see section 5(2) of the Ecclesiastical Fees (Amendment) Measure 2011
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukcm/2011/2/section/5

and GS Misc 999 
http://www.churchofengland.org/media/1298418/gs%20misc%20999.pdf 

No incumbent appointed from 1 July 2011 (when part 1 of the Ecclesiastical Fees (Amendment) Measure 2011 came into effect) will be entitled to receive the present incumbents’ fees after a Fees Order under the amended fees legislation comes into force.

Until a Fees Order under the amended legislation is approved by Synod, the fees page on the Church of England website will continue to say that the 2010 Order (2011 fees) remains in force until further notice, (see http://www.churchofengland.org/weddings-baptisms-funerals/fees.aspx) and an insert to the same effect, and also listing the fees from 1 January 2011, will be included with clergy payslips at the end of this month.