The cost of a Church of England funeral is to rise by more than 50% from January 2013.
The General Synod announced yesterday that the current fee of £102 for a C of E minister will rise to £160.
The move has met with opposition, particularly from clergy in poorer areas, where the higher fee may preclude residents from turning to the church when they need support. It is also seen as difficult to justify such a large increase during times of financial hardship, when we are all feeling the pinch!
But supporters say that the higher fees reflect the “reality” of the costs involved.
Fees for weddings are also set to rise from £296 to £415.
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