Sir, - It's mighty generous of the
General Synod to vote in favour of the Living Wage (General Synod,
30 November), which would put many small businesses out of business
(Letters, 23 November) because they can't afford to pay more than
they already do.
But let's have a look in the mirror.
As an NSM Assistant Curate, I used to be paid two-thirds of the
fees for weddings and funerals. For one funeral (£38) earlier this
year, taking into consideration the funeral visit, phone calls,
travelling time, the church service, and the service at the
crematorium afterwards, I estimate that it all took approximately
six hours - which works out at £6.33 per hour, slightly above the
Now that I have risen to the dizzying
heights of Associate Priest, however, I would get paid . . . not a
penny! Is this a joke? No, it's a farce. A whole string of words
come to mind, such as pots and kettles, practising and preaching,
beams and specks, events in breweries, etc.
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