Bishops, the Burns Report, and the Prime Minister

On 20 February, the Prime Minister wrote to the Lord Speaker on the subject of proposals in the Burns Committee Report on reducing the size of the House of Lords.  Commenting, Lord Fowler, the Lord Speaker, said:

‘I very much welcome the Prime Minister’s recognition of the careful and considered work done by Lord Burns and his Committee, and her recognition of the overwhelming support within the House for the report’s recommendations. Her statement means that the plan to reduce numbers in the House of Lords is on course. The case for a reduction has now been accepted by all party leaders. Continue reading

Wi-Fi in churches: the Government-Church Accord

A  more detailed analysis of the Accord on digital connectivity

On 18 February, details were published of an accord (“the Accord”), signed by the Church of England’s NCIs, DCMS and Defra, which encourages the Church of England to use its buildings and other property to improve broadband, mobile and Wi-Fi connectivity for local communities. The main features of the Accord are summarized below and the implications considered.  Continue reading

Digital connectivity with the CofE

Accord between CofE’s NCIs and HMG on digital connectivity

An Accord, signed by the National Church Institutions (NCIs) of the Church of England, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), encourages the Church of England to use its buildings and other property to improve broadband, mobile and Wi-Fi connectivity for local communities.  Continue reading

Law and religion round-up – 18th February

A week in which it appeared that some people seemed to think that attracting children into church was something to be discouraged…

HM Senior Coroner for Inner North London again

The Law Society Gazette reports that Jeremy Corbyn has entered the fray over the “cab-rank rule” adopted by HM Senior Coroner for Inner North London, Mary Hassell, for processing deaths in her coronial district. According to the report, he and the Shadow Attorney, Emily Thornberry, have written to the Chief Coroner, HHJ Lucraft QC, to the effect that Ms Hassell’s approach is “unacceptable” and that grieving relatives are experiencing “unnecessary delays and barriers to laying loved ones to rest”. Continue reading

Recent queries and comments, mid-February

More answers to readers’ queries and comments

We have made a further compilation of “Quick Answers” to questions which have arisen from searches of, or comments during the early part of February.

As before, the topics covered in these occasional posts do not necessarily represent our most-read blogs, but reflects the current interests of readers accessing the site on (mostly) contemporary issues. Continue reading

“…and a nave with en suite facilities”

Proposals on the installation of toilets in churches

The report in the Daily Telegraph Vicar sparks row with parishioners over ‘undignified’ church toilet plan has again raised the issue of the installation of toilet and kitche facilities in historic churches. Whilst the story produced popular copy for the paper, the circumstances and parishioners’ objections are far from new. Continue reading