Rt Hon Lord Lilley

     The Licensing Bill introduced this week in Parliament will require churches and church halls across England and Wales to pay for a licence if they wish to hold fund-raising and community activities involving live music.

    Peter Lilley said:

    “Currently, places of worship are exempt from having to pay for licences for community events with live music. But now Whitehall bureaucrats are forcing local churches across Hertfordshire to pay to hold activities like a Brownies? concert or Nativity plays. I have written to local churches and voluntary organisations to find out how they would be affected by the proposals.

    The Church of England alone would face a bill of ?2.6 million a year. These costs will either have to be passed on to voluntary groups, or churches may have to refuse permission for vital fund-raising events. This is yet another example of this government?s bureaucratic intervention damaging community life.?