15 December 2011
Dioceses will be better placed to meet financial challenges in
2012 after the Archbishops' Council cut its request for funding
next year by £0.5 million. The Council has decided to request the
same overall level of funding for its work in 2012 as in 2011,
rather than the 1.8 per cent increase approved by the General Synod
Although dioceses have already set their 2012 budgets, the
resulting saving of £0.5 million will help dioceses meet other
financial challenges whilst enabling the Council to meet all the
commitments made when its budget was approved by General Synod in
The General Synod approved the Archbishops' Council's 2012
budget in July and an apportionment (funding request) to dioceses
of £28.65 million (see http://www.churchofengland.org/media/1281161/gs%201842.pdf),
£498,700 (1.8%) above the 2011 level. This was within the financial
framework for 2010-2015 set by the Council and approved by General
Synod in July 2009.
It has been possible to reduce the request to dioceses as the
current forecast for the Council's expenditure in 2011 and 2012 is
now less than when the 2012 budget was approved. The forecast
savings compared with the original budgets are partly for
ordination training in 2011/12 and partly in staff and
accommodation costs for work done at national level as the Council
continues to implement its financial strategy.
The Council's reserves are well placed to meet any expenditure
over and above the apportionment request should the need arise. A
revised apportionment table has been issued to dioceses.
The Council is partway through a financial strategy for
2010-2015. (see http://www.churchofengland.org/media/39668/gs1731.pdf).
Under this framework, the Council aims to deliver a budget with
apportionment increases of no more than 0.5% below inflation in
2011-2012 and no more than inflation in 2013-2015. To date these
targets have been exceeded.
The objects of the Archbishops' Council are "to co-ordinate,
promote, aid and further the work and mission of the Church of
England". Its objectives are:
- (A) To enhance the Church's mission by:
(A1) promoting spiritual and numerical growth (11% of
(A2) enabling and supporting the worshipping Church
and encouraging and promoting new ways of being Church (6% of 2012
(A3) engaging with issues of social justice and
environmental stewardship (5% of 2012 budget)
- (B) To sustain and advance the Church's work
in education, lifelong learning and discipleship (6% of 2012
- (C) To enable the Church to select, train and
resource people, both ordained and lay, to carry out public
ministry and to encourage lay people in their vocation to the world
(66% of 2012 budget).
- (D) To encourage the maintenance and
development of the inherited fabric of Church buildings for worship
and service to the community (6% of 2012 budget).