Sunday, 11 December 2005

civil partnerships: church legislation changes

The promised regulations altering church legislation have come into force as The Civil Partnership (Judicial Pensions and Church Pensions, etc.) Order 2005. Part 8 of this (scroll down a way) amends all of the following:

Church Property (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure 1960
Clergy Pensions Measure 1961
Clergy Pensions (Amendment) Measure 1972
Deaconesses and Lay Workers (Pensions) Measure 1980
Pastoral Measure 1983
Pensions Measure 1997
Church of England (Pensions) Measure 2003

An explanatory memorandum is available as a PDF file. See pages 18-20.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Sunday, 11 December 2005 at 10:12pm GMT
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Categorised as: equality legislation

Didn't Stephen Bates more or less predict something like this? Oh, the joys of establishment....

Posted by: k1eranc on Tuesday, 13 December 2005 at 10:08am GMT

In a landmark judgment, the House of Lords has ruled that clergy may (in some cases) claim the benefit of sex discrimination law. It must follow that they can claim the benefit of sexual orientation discrimination law. Previously, clergy were denied rights based upon employee status on the basis that they were office holders and not employees.

Most discrimination legislation contains specific exceptions for the churches. However, the ruling that clergy can claim employment status for discrimination purposes means that European laws against discrimination also apply to them, and these laws may not recognise such exceptions in all cases.

The full report of the House of Lords decision is at:

Posted by: badman on Friday, 16 December 2005 at 2:21pm GMT
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