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Abolish chancel repair liability

1 Comment 6th July 2010

Chancel repair liability is an ancient power that gives the Church of England the right to charge a resident for the upkeep of a church if their home is found to be on land that was formerly owned by the church.  Such charges may exceed the value of the land and home, and may also bankrupt the home owner.  I would like to see chancel repair liability abolished.

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Chancel repair liability is a relic of the past that should not be a part of a modern multi-faith Britain.  Chancel repair liability is a legal mine field which is now being exploited by a cash strapped Church of England to keep their churches repaired.  The power causes huge suffering and economic hardship to the unfortunate "lay rector" both in repair and legal costs.  It often happens that the "lay rector" did not know they were on former church land until the demands start arriving on the doorstep.  It is also unjust that an individual of another faith or an atheist should be made to pay for the upkeep of a church of the Church of England.

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One Response to Abolish chancel repair liability

  1. terry says:

    Chancel repair liability should be scrapped today, and if an”Act Of God” was to cause damage to my property, I should be able to make the church pay for it, as they are God’s representatives.

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