DBF Fees Returns and Payments
DBF fees remittances and payments resumed again as normal in October 2020.
If you haven't yet remitted your 2020 and 2021 fees, please could you do so as soon as possible. Many thanks.
Parishes paying by BACS and cheque should remit their monthly forms as usual (and preferably by email to firstname.lastname@example.org). Please note that the DBF has voluntarily awarded parishes a grant of £30 per Crematorium Service, for services held after 1 April 2020 and you can deduct this from the payment to accompany the relevant monthly returns for 2020 fees*. Services held before April 2020 do not attract the grant and should not be deducted from your payment as the full statutory fee belongs to the DBF. (*please do not adjust payments made in respect of 2021 fees. The new returns form already reduces the total statutory fees due to the DBF, by the amount of any voluntary grants to PCC's in resepct of administering crematorium only funeral service fees, giving an actual-net amount due to the DBF for payment)
Parishes who pay by DD should be advised that fees forms should be remitted to the email@example.com email address by the 10th of the following month for which the form is being remitted (e.g the December form should be with us by 10 January) at the very latest for collection that month. Forms received after this time will be rolled forward for collection the following month.
Please note that the DBF has currently awarded parishes a voluntary grant of £30 per crematorium only funeral service, for services held after 1 April 2020. In respect of 2020 fees, you should complete the form as normal showing the full amount for these services and we will reduce the amount we collect from your account accordingly in this respect. Crematorium Services held before April do not attract the grant.
The 2021 and 2022 fees remittance forms are now available in the Forms section of the website (link towards the bottom of this page). This is for PCC use and incorporates both licenced serving clergy and lay reader fees, and retired clergy/clergy holding PTO fees when these are administered through a parish and details the full DBF fees due, less any voluntary DBF grants to PCC's in respect of Crematorium only funeral services, giving a total net/actual amount due to the DBF. Please use the relevant forms for the period in which the services were held, as these are the statutory fees payable at that time.
There will soon also be a separate form for retired clergy use only, used for remitting fees directly to the DBF, on the rare occasions where fees haven't been administered through a parish.
If you have any queries regarding fees in the meantime, please contact Maxine Southwick (by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 07701 325223)
DBF Fees Direct Debit Payments
Please email your monthly fees returns forms to email@example.com rather than to the inbox of an individual team member.
We have a monthly Direct Debit (DD) run for collecting fees, separate to that in place for collecting the parish share. Allowing us to collect fees by DD is quick, easy and should save those in charge of church finances time, as we are able to adjust the amounts here on receipt of the monthly fees returns form.
Should you wish to have fees collected this way, we ask that you remit the monthly form no later than the 10th of the following month for which you are completing your form, so January’s form should be with us by 10th February, and so on. Funds will be collected from PCC accounts on or around the 20th of the month. Fees forms recieved after the deadline of the 10th of the month will be carried forward for collection the following month.
If the PCC currently pay parish share by DD, you won't need to complete a new mandate. However, for those who don’t presently pay anything to Chester DBF by DD, or if the fees are to be collected from a different bank account to the parish share, you will need to complete a new mandate authorising and allowing us to collect your fees. Please let us know if you need a mandate and we can email one to you for completion.
If you have any questions regarding this or would like to be added to the DD scheme, please don’t hesitate to contact Maxine Southwick by email directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 07701 325223
Further information relating to the collection of Parochial Fees (fees payable for Weddings and Funerals), as well as infomation relating to the payment of fees to retired Clergy taking a Sunday Service or Session of Visiting can be found using the links below.