All parochial fees legally belong to the Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF). The DBF portion goes straight into paying the stipends of parish clergy. The DBF’s fee income is a means by which the diocese can pay adequate stipends and pensions to clergy. It makes a significant contribution to keeping Parish Share levels down. No Church of England minister should be retaining any fees.
Parochial fees are statutory fees. The amounts detailed on the Table of Parochial Fees are set by the Archbishops’ Council and are payable when the service takes place. Fees are likely to increase on the 1 January each year and this must be explained to a couple or a family making a booking in the church. You cannot agree to hold the statutory fees at the current level. Travel expenses, postage expenses or any other expenses should not be deducted from the amount detailed on the table.
No fee is payable in respect of a funeral or burial of a stillborn infant or for the funeral or burial of a person dying within sixteen years of birth.
Funeral directors have been instructed to make payments to the Parish Church Council (PCC)/benefice where the funeral took place. Once the fee has been received by the PCC/benefice, it should then be apportioned accordingly between the PCC and the DBF (and retired minister if applicable). Fees for services at the crematorium will also be handled through the PCC/benefice.
Fees for weddings and monuments are also to be apportioned through the PCC/benefice. Banns and certificate fees are to remain with the PCC. Please note that the charges for a subsequent copy of a marriage certificate increased to £11.00 with effect from 16 February 2019.
There is an element for the PCC to retain for services at the crematorium.
In the table of fees, the funerals box is split in two. The top half relates to services in church and the bottom half relates to services elsewhere. This may help you to clarify any fee queries.
Bishop’s Staff has agreed to continue the current apportionment to retired ministers of two thirds. There are some rounding issues; please see the appendix to the Table of Parochial Fees for the correct apportionments.
Bishop’s Staff has also agreed that the casual duty fee for a visiting minister (with PTO) is £36.00 per service in 2020 (£35.50 for 2019). Please see the Bishops’ Guidelines for further information about visiting ministers.
A Vacancy Claim form is available on our Employment & Expenses web page, for payment to Clergy/Readers for assistance and/or travelling expenses during a vacancy.
Fees should be handled through a PCC or benefice bank account. Treasurers who handle fees on behalf of the clergy are asked to ensure that fees are remitted promptly to the Diocesan Office.