George Osborne just announced the biggest appropriation of Church land since the 1530s. …
Now the state isn’t quite stealing that land. The land on which academies sit is generally leased to the new academy trusts on long term leases (125 years, for example). But that is basically compulsory: it’s not as if the councils which are losing their schools get any say over whether to sign those leases or not. And to quote some lawyers, fromBrowne Jacobson:
Where the diocese own the land, it is usual for the diocese to grant the academy trust a licence to use the land under the church supplemental agreement
So – the government isn’t stealing church land. It’s just forcing the church to use it in a certain way. Which is entirely different.
George Osborne just announced the biggest appropriation of Church land since the Reformation