Abolish Chancel Repair Liability

Chancel repair liability (CRL) gives some Anglican churches the right to demand local property owners to make financial contributions towards repairs to its chancel. The liability applies even if they are not, and have never been, Christians.

The Church of England is sometimes able to demand payment for the full cost of repairs, which can run into hundreds of thousands of pounds. The presence of the liability on land blights properties and requires owners to take out insurance against the risk of the Church claiming the money.

CRL is a gross anachronism and an inequity that has no place in a 21st century democracy. I therefore urge you to do all in your power to abolish CRL.

Please write to your MP and urge them to do all in their power to abolish chancel repair liability.

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