CLAS began life in 1941 as the Churches Main Committee and is a Judaeo-Christian ecumenical body bringing together the interests of Christian Churches and the Jewish community in their dealings with Government in all aspects (other than education). CLAS is a vehicle for conveying to the Government the views of the churches on legislation and other matters which directly affect them - this includes local as well as central Government; Westminster/Whitehall; Government in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland; and the EU Commission.
CLAS covers subjects ranging from taxation, heritage grants and charity law to marriage law, immigration rules, planning and building regulations and water charges, with much else besides. Circulars are issued to members giving information and advice. CLAS also published a series of booklets on aspects of church management. These are now available from the publications part of this website.
From time to time CLAS has sponsored legislation on matters of particular interest to it. A secondary, but no less important, function is to provide information on the impact on the churches of legislation and proposals for legislation, and, as appropriate, to act on behalf of churches and ministers of religion in seeking to cure anomalies and bring about a regime that is as fair as possible