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 Issues | The Church | Archbishops' Council

This page is part of the explanation of the financial structures of the Church of England.

The Archbishops’ Council was established as a result of the National Institutions Measure 1998 with the intent that it would ‘co-ordinate, promote, aid and further the work and mission of the Church of England.
It consists of the two Archbishops and a council of elected and appointed members.

The Council oversees roughly £50million of grants and expenditure each year.
The figures given below are based on 2003 (ignoring an exceptional item relating to one property).

INCOME
£ Million
Church Commissioners
21.0
Dioceses

20.0

Other bodies (including Church Commissiones again)
3.6
Sales etc
2.5
Grants etc
1.0
Investments
0.9
Other
1.2
EXPENDITURE
£ Million
Grants to Diocese (mostly in respect of clergy sipends)
20.0
Training

8.8

Grants to external bodies
1.2
Mission agencies pension costs
0.4
Central costs and bodies responsible to the Council
16.1

Most of the £21 million from the Church Commissioners goes straight to the Dioceses. See the Commissioners page for how this is allocated.  This money is allocated partly according to need so that the poorer Dioceses get more.

Diocesan Contributions

The contributions from the Diocese is split into 4 and is often referred to as Vote 1, Vote 2 etc because General Synod votes to agree these in July of each year.

Vote 1 covers training (£8.8m) around £5.5m is spent on the colleges which are mostly for residential training and £2.6m on courses run in Dioceses or regions. The colleges are largely independent bodies.

Vote 3 covers grants to other bodies. About £1.2 million is passed on:
£360,000 on the costs of the Anglican Communion
£181,000 on Church Urban Fund
£379,000 on UK ecumenical bodies
£180 million on international ecumenical bodies.

Vote 4 covers some £400,000 of pensions costs for clergy working for mission agencies. Prior to the new Pensions Measure the entitlement of licensed clergy was protected even if they were working for a body such as Church Society or one of the Mission agencies. The Synod agreed to meet the costs of the Mission Agenes and the Church Pastoral Aid Society but not the costs of many smaller bodies including Church Society.

Vote 2 covers most of the remaining work of bodies answerable to the Council.
The expenditure of these bodies is roughly £16.1million. The major items are:

Bodies responsible to AbC
£ 000's
Ministry Division

1,200

Council for Christian Unity
300
Board of Education
698
Mission and Public Affairs
1,200
Cathedral & Church Buildings
716
Finance Division
1,100
Legal Office
1,300
Communications Unit
495
Records Centre
505

In addition there are such costs as :

 
£ 000's
Office services

715

Office accomodation
2,041
Human resources dept.
426
IT provision
1023
Church House Publishing & Bookshop
2,020

In turn these bodies do generate some income of their own:

 
£ 000's
Church House Publishing & Bookshop

1,948

from external bodies
538
From other National Institutions
3,656

The remaining income comes from legacies £739,000.

The income from the other National Institutions is in repsect of services and work provided to those institutions by the Council and bodies responsible to the Council.  This includes £3million from the Church Commissioners, £552,000 from the Pensions Board and £44,000 from the National Society.

 

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