Monday, 12 December 2016
Church Representation Rules 2017
Updated 13 Dec 2016
A new edition of the Church Representation Rules of the Church of England has been published: Church Representation Rules 2017. The previous edition was dated 2011.
The rules are available online, but it should be noted that the changes made in July 2014 are not yet included there. These changes are contained in The Church Representation Rules (Amendment) Resolution 2014 (SI 2014 No. 2113).
So far as I am aware these are the only changes since 2011. See second comment below for other changes.
Nearly all the changes made in 2014 related to elections to General Synod. There were also some amendments to the forms in Appendix I to make it explicit in each case that only lay persons are entitled to be entered on the church electoral roll.
Posted by Peter Owen on
Monday, 12 December 2016 at 11:09am GMT
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Many thanks for this helpful comment. I had been wondering whether there was a list anywhere of changes made between 2011 and 2017.
Peter and Thomas: There are other changes to the CRR now incorporated in the 2017 edition of the rules recently published by Church House Publishing. There are, as noted by Peter, the changes made by the 2014 Amendment Resolution, mostly relating to elections to General Synod.
(i) There are the minor amendments to rules 42(1) and 46A(c) made by section 9 of the Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure 2014.
(ii) Consequent on the repeal of the Priests (Ordination of Women) Measure 1993 by the Bishops and Priests (Consecration and Ordination of Women) Measure 2014, all the references to the 1993 Measure that were in CRR rules 18 to 21 have been repealed.
(iii) Substantial changes to the rules (all of which will be in force by 1 January 2017) have been made by section 3 of the Safeguarding and Clergy Discipline Measure 2016. These provide, inter alia, that a person whose name is included in a barred list (within the meaning of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006) or who has been convicted of an offence mentioned in Schedule 1 to the Children and Young Persons Act 1933, is disqualified from being a member of a PCC, DCC or any synod, or from being appointed to act or from acting as a PCC secretary or treasurer. The section inserts three new rules: 46B - waiver, 46C - suspension, and 46D - appeal. Rule 46B sets out the circumstances in which the diocesan bishop may waive the disqualification of a person convicted of an offence mentioned in Schedule 1 to the 1993 Act. (Note: there is no power to waive a disqualification arising from a person being on a barred list.) Rule 46C contains detailed provisions enabling the bishop to suspend a member of a PCC, DCC, or synod, or a PCC secretary or treasurer, who has been arrested on suspicion of committing, or who has been charged with committing, a Schedule 1 offence, where the bishop is satisfied that that person "presents a significant risk of harm." Rule 46C(5) defines 'significant risk of harm'. Section 2 of the Measure makes equivalent provision for the disqualification and suspension of churchwardens.
There are consequential amendments to a number of other rules and to the Forms in Appendix 1 to the CRR re the APCM Notice and the form of nomination to the House of Clergy or House of Laity of the Diocesan Synod.
It is likely that more radical changes to the CRR will be brought to General Synod in the next two years as part of the 'Simplification' agenda. Regardless of how any such proposals may be received by Synod (and it is to be noted that Synod voted down various amendments proposed in 2015), it is helpful to have this consolidated version of the rules with all the amendments currently in force (or to come into force on 1st January.)
Re David Lamming at 1856 on 13/12/2016:
I think in "... Schedule 1 to the 1993 Act. (Note: there is no power ....." the year should read "1933".
Reading this all this, I just know it's Xmas ....
Thanks for that list of changes, David.
It's a pity that the online rules cannot be kept up to date. At present the most recent update is the one that came into effect on 1 Jan 2010. There is a note that [unspecified] "Updates made in July 2014 will be included soon." but there is no mention at all of the more recent ones.
RPNewark @9.15 pm on the 13th: Thanks for the correction. I spotted the typo, but only after I had pressed 'Post'.
Laurence @10.02 pm on the 13th: Meaning what?
Peter @10.03 pm on the 13th: I'll write to Church House to point out that the online copy needs to be updated - ideally no later than 1 January 2017 when the latest amendments take effect.
CRR Disqualification Rules 46A.(1) (ac) and (ad), [page 56], are not included in Section 4 Rule [6(1)] under Note (3) on page 74 - which perhaps they should be. Alternatively perhaps Appendix II Rule  1.(d) and (e) should include a cross reference to the Disqualification rule, which otherwise,is not brought to the attention of Chairs - and Members - of PCCs
unless they stumble upon it when reading from cover to cover.
Help! Have just become PCC Sec and Electoral Roll Officer. Can you clarify whether names can be added to the Roll throughout the year OR only during the Annual Revision of the Roll? We have different interpretations within the Standing Committee on this.Many thanks.
Names must be added to the electoral roll whenever someone submits a valid application to be enrolled.
What is the position when (i) the notice convening the APCM has only been visible on the noticeboard for three days before the meeting (previously overpinned by other papers),(ii) the Annual Accounts are not visible on the noticeboard (other papers pinned over them) and (iii) the notice convening the Annual Meeting of Parishioners is dated and posted on the noticeboard only three days before the meeting? Does (i) and (iii) make the respective meetings invalid/void if they go ahead and (ii) prevent acceptance, even if the meeting goes ahead?