Finance & Statistics
For enquiries about parish finances contact the Finance Team at Church House by emailing email@example.com or telephoning 01709 309142.
Advice can be provided on the organisation and format of Parish Accounts, Gift Aid reclaim, VAT and other financial matters. PCCs are excepted charities and are not required to register separately with the Charity Commission unless their income or expenditure exceeds £100,000 in any one year. For advice on registration or if you think that it may apply to your parish contact the Diocesan Secretary or the Finance Office. To maintain their excepted status, parishes are required to supply an annual set of accounts to the Diocesan Office – please send them for the attention of the Diocesan Secretary. Accounts are also required from those parishes that are registered with the Charity Commission.
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Please note that the Finance Return should include all PCC funds, not just the General Fund. The Finance reporting entries have remained mostly consistent. Three changes have been made to simplify the rporting of income/receipts and bring the reporting into line with the standard guidance for financial reporting for PCC’s (published in PCC Accountability: the Church of England's guide to the Charities Act 2011 and the PCC. Copies of this helpful guide are avilable from the Finance office and the contents can also be accessed from the Church of England Website by clicking here. The Parish Resources website also includes a link together with any updates.)
The largest change is in the categorisation of resources expended. The entries remain the same (which types of expenses need to be recorded), but the sub-totals have been reallocated to reflect the PCC Accountability guidance for what is included under Church activities and expenses. This should mean that there is a closer match between the way the accounts are set out for the parish finances and the Finance form reporting. No additional information or calculations are required from the person filling out the form, it is just separated slightly differently.
There is no one-off question this year.
All other giving and voluntary receipts, and grants were previously split by recurring and non-recurring status. The vast majority of parishes are not required to report this for their own financial returns or to their diocese so this distinction was generating a lot of additional work, and has therefore been removed.
The parochial fees forms for 2017 are available to download below.
Retired Clergy, Self Supporting Minister and Reader Fees
The fees claim form for 2017 can be downloaded below. Please submit claims on a quarterly or monthly basis as retrospective claims for the previous financial year cannot be accepted.
The national Parish Resources website produced by the Church of England's Nation Stewardship & Resources team includes pages and downloads to help parishes with all aspects of their finances including guidance for treasurers about accounting and Gift Aid, and links to the Parish Buying initiative which provides contracts and guidance to save parishes time and money.
Association of Church Accountants and Treasurers (ACAT)
The national ACAT website supports church treasurers of all denominations. It includes a members area which the Diocese of Sheffield subscribes to on behalf of all of our parishes. There is one group login and the details can be provided by the Diocese's finance team firstname.lastname@example.org 01709 309142.