Proposals to help churches announced
On 1 January 2016 the new, and simplified, Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 2015 came into force.
Full information and a link to the legislation is here.
The Faculty process is a necessary safeguard to ensure that alterations and repairs to our church buildings are of the highest quality and that important contents are preserved. However, for those involved in making changes to a church it can seem cumbersome.
In 2012 the Archbishops’ Council Faculty Simplification Group commissioned a working party chaired by Mrs Anne Sloman to make recommendations for modernising and streamlining the faculty system. The working party consulted widely with parishes and dioceses on the working of the Faculty system. This provided the basis for practical proposals to speed up and simplify the process for those who operate it.
Many of the recommendations can be implemented by the adoption of best practice, for instance in adopting reasonable deadlines in responding to applicants. Others needed to be brought to Synod and the first piece of legislation generated by the working group’s report, the revised Faculty Jurisdiction Rules, was passed by the General Synod in July 2013.
Amendments to the Care of Churches and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1991
The provisions of the Care of Churches and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction (Amendment) Measure 2015 (except Section 11 which came into force on Royal Assent) come into force on 1 April 2015. The commencement order, which contains transitional and saving provisions, is available here
An explanatory note to the provisions of the Measure can be found here.