Changes from January 2013
The key changes are as follows:
- 1. The fee previously known as the "Incumbent's Fee" is now to be known as the DBF Fee and is the property of the Lincoln Diocesan Trust and Board of Finance (LDTBF). This results in significant changes to the necessary audit trail for fees due to the LTDBF
- 2. Fees should be justifiable on the basis of a relationship to actual costs incurred.
- 3. Fees should be as inclusive as possible, leaving "extras" to apply only to those items over which people have a genuine choice.
- 4. All non-stipendiary ministers, including readers and retired priests with Permission to Officiate will be eligible to claim 70% of the statutory fee for weddings and funerals as appropriate.
The Diocese's Parochial Fees Working Group has been considering how best to implement these changes and has developed protocols, forms, advice and training for all parties involved. A pilot scheme has been carried out to test and refine these protocols and to ensure that all systems and advice are in place for these changes to be implemented from January 2013.
If you have any questions or concerns about parochial fees, please contact :
Secretary to the Parochial Fees Committee
The Ven. Jane Sinclair
Chair of the Parochial Fees Committee
In the meantime, the Archbishop's Council has published the complete 2013 and 2014 provisional tables of fees which can be found here:
Parochial Fees Explained leaflets, in two different styles, have been produced including FAQs and are available here:
Parochial Fees Explained - A4 Landscape
Parochial Fees Explained - Tri-fold