Thinking Anglicans

Finance Statistics 2019

The Church of England has recently published its Finance Statistics 2019. These provide the latest financial information, including:

  • Income
  • Expenditure
  • Giving

Tables showing parish finances aggregated to diocese level are available as an excel file. Finance statistics for previous years, and other publications of the Research and Statistics Unit can be found on the resources, publications, and data page.

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Revd Mark Bennet
Revd Mark Bennet
7 months ago

A large organisation which can only publish its finance statistics more than a year after the reference date has a serious problem – is it “an organisation” at all? And given the questions about finances being canvassed, the lack of current data would be worrying. Even 35 years ago there were organisations which had yesterday’s figures on the desk the next morning. Timely quarterly reporting of company results is routine, and has been for years. Of course parishes are independent entities and not integrated branch offices – which just highlights my comments on governance and fragmentation made in response to… Read more »

God 'elp us all
God 'elp us all
Reply to  Revd Mark Bennet
7 months ago

Words- don’tchaluvem?
Organisation- organ/ organise/ze/ organic/ organism/ event in a brewery/ …
Finance- we don’t use vulgar words …
How many ‘churches’? One church? One holy (,?) C(c)atholic(k) and apostolic church? One CofE of/or 40ish Dioceses (does that include CI, IoM, ‘Diocese of/ in (the rest of) Europe’?
Or however many Deaneries, benefices, parishes, Royal Peculiars, Deans, canons, Cannons, Canons Residentiary/ Non-Residentiary/ residual/ Prebendaries; how many ‘hilarious givers’?
I’m sticking with my atavistic(?) avatar/ ‘monika’/ alias: ‘God ‘elp us all’.

Shamus
Shamus
Reply to  God 'elp us all
7 months ago

This made me think of Happy’s speech in “Waiting for Godot”. Thank you for the stream of consciousness. Beckett might have enjoyed it.

Anthony Archer
Anthony Archer
Reply to  Revd Mark Bennet
7 months ago

The fact that the National Church can publish any data is a surprise to me. In my diocese (St Albans), as at 15 January 2021 (per uploaded Parish Share data on the diocesan website), apparently only 66% of parishes had submitted their 2019 accounts to the diocesan office, and only 69% had bothered to complete their 2019 parish finance return. No doubt someone will tell me if I have misinterpreted the Excel spreadsheet in question. This is equivalent to charities (that are required to) not filing their accounts with the Charity Commission. The fact that PCCs are for the most… Read more »

Last edited 7 months ago by Anthony Archer
Rowland Wateridge
Rowland Wateridge
Reply to  Anthony Archer
7 months ago

Here is a helpful article from Accountants Price Bailey with relevant valuable advice in present times. Adapt, as necessary, to the church situation.

https://www.pricebailey.co.uk/blog/filing-deadlines-companies-house-charity-commission/

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