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Home Parishes Finance Finance Returns and Statistics Surely, on the finance side, a set of PCC accounts should suffice?

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Surely, on the finance side, a set of PCC accounts should suffice?

by Michael Ford last modified 02 Oct, 2013 10:09 AM

The use of standard format Returns means that we can process the information much more efficiently with fewer staff. A revision of the Charities Act 1993 was that the Church had to ask its parishes to review the way in which they present their accounts. The Charities Act 2011 and the PCC 4th edition* provides a guide to the workings of the act as it applies to PCC accounts.  Chapter 6 identifies the various items of expenditure and income and categorises them under certain headings. The finance form has been designed to be consistent with the language and the format set out in the guidelines.  Parishes are asked to identify separately the restricted and unrestricted income as these figures have to be shown separately in accounts.

*The annual publication Church Statistics and publication The Charities Act 2011 and the PCC 4th edition (£10.99 plus p+p) may be obtained from Church House Bookshop - visit: or call telephone number 020 7898 1300.  Church Statistics may also be downloaded from the Church of England website at:

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