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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 (other than on education). CLAS is a vehicle for conveying to the Government the views of the churches on legislation and other matters which directly affect them.
What Clas Does
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.
The primary function of CLAS is to monitor policy developments and the progress of legislation on issues of particular interest to its members. A secondary but no less important function is to provide information on the likely impact of those developments on member churches and, as appropriate, to make representations to Government on possible anomalies and unintended consequences.