This section of the website is specifically focused on supporting the work and ministry of PCC Treasurers.
Below is a range of documents, forms and guidance notes that we hope will be of assistance. Some are of a 'technical' nature, aimed specifically at Treasurers, while others are more general summaries and overviews that may help Treasurers in their ongoing task of explaining the financial management of the diocese to their parish colleagues.
All Treasurers are encouraged to let us know if there are any other areas, topics or resources that they would find useful if we were to provide them.
We will also put copies of mailings sent to Treasurers in this section. If you see mailed information here that you didn't receive by post or email, please check with us to ensure that you were included in the mailing and that we have a correct record of your contact details.
Please contact us if you have any questions.
Treasurers' Workshops, July 2019
Workshops for parish Treasurers held in July 2019 looked at the headlines and influencing factors affecting the draft budget for 2020, as well as an indication of the 3-year outlook for 2020-2022. These workshops also discussed some parish focussed finance issues. The slides from the workshops are available here:
Treasurers Workshops Slides 2019 (PDF)
Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme
Churches are now eligible to benefit from a new scheme that provides top-up payments on those small cash donations where it is difficult to collect a Gift Aid declaration. For more information see
HM Revenue & Customs - Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme
Important changes to PAYE
Pay As You Earn (PAYE) is changing, and all UK employers will be required to notify HMRC of the details of payments to employees at the time, or before, they pay them. HMRC are calling this Real Time Information (RTI). Although the change is introduced from 6th April 2013, churches with fewer than 50 employees have until 5th October to start sending their information in real time using payroll software, A guide to what churches need to do is available at www.parishresources.org.uk/people/paye/
Guidance for Parochial Church Councils on their Financial Procedures
The Diocesan Finance Team has produced a guidance in response to a growing demand from PCCs for a simple list of actions they can take to help discharge their financial responsibilities as trustees and minimise the probability of error, inadvertent or deliberate.
Financial Procedures Guidance
Peer support forum
A peer support group is available to treasurers where members can ask any question, big or small, and share experiences with others in the role across the diocese.
You can join the group by filling out this form.
- Avoid criticism by name, and keep discussions constructive.
Let people know who you are and which parish you're from.
- If communicating with individuals in a discussion which moves to being not of relevance to the whole group (e.g. meetings / private visits) please switch to normal email or arrange a phone call.
- Please don't share email content outside of the group without permission.
- Take care not to disclose passwords, credit card details or commercially sensitive information.
- Use the forum with patience and good humour.