Comments: Bishops’ office and working costs published

The main increase in expenditure is under 'Legal Costs' which increased massively from £533k in 2010 to £1.3m in 2011. These costs are not shown against any particular dioceses and are lumped in with "Other costs applicable to all Bishops". The only hint towards what all this additional money has been spent on is under 'Note 9' which states:

" Charges for work connected with clergy discipline cases do not fall within
the retainers for bishops’ legal officers and the Commissioners therefore
meet the whole or part of these legal costs.
 Includes other legal fees e.g. fees on consecration, on election and
confirmation and/or on enthronement."

So, unless anyone had a particularly lavish enthronement last year, these costs would appear to be in connection with disciplinary cases. But where, which ones and why so much?

I'm happy to be corrected if I've misread something in the accounts but, to me, the expenditure on legal fees lacks transparency and needs more detail.

Posted by Laurence Cunnington at Wednesday, 19 December 2012 at 7:47pm GMT

The cost of bishops has increased...but are they good value? Some frugal bishops among the spendthrifts, too. Would anyone care to work out a ratio of cost to number of parishioners in the bishop's respective diocese/episcopal area?

Posted by Tim Moore at Wednesday, 19 December 2012 at 9:52pm GMT

Is this extra expenditure possibly the result of the Chichester Visitation?

Posted by Martin Reynolds at Thursday, 20 December 2012 at 7:55am GMT

How many front line parish priests would £17,013,912 pay for?

Posted by Father David at Wednesday, 26 December 2012 at 8:35am GMT
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