Chancel Repair Liability Abolition Bill Introduced Into Parliament
- AuthorPaul Hajek
Update: this blog has now been updated, and you can view it here.
Lord Avebury a Liberal Democratic Peer introduced a Private Members’ Bill into Parliament on 16th July 2014.
The proposed legislation seeks to ‘end the liability of lay rectors for the repair of chancels’ – in other words abolishing the demands for landowners to fund repairs to their parish church.
Lord Avebury quoted in an article by Law Gazette said: ‘Thousands of landowners’ titles are still today blighted by chancel repair liability, this relic of mediaeval ecclesiastical law. Titles that have been registered by the Church with the Land Registry are those most likely to be adversely affected.
‘This generally leads to a distressing reduction in value and even an impairment of saleability, even though the church never enforces the liability.’
More as they say to follow