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Diocese of Chester The PCC as a charity George Colville Director of Finance The PCC is a charity Excepted from registration In other respects just like a registered charity PCC members are charity trustees PCC Governing Documents the Parochial Church Councils (Powers) Measure 1956
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The PCC as a charity
Director of Finance
PCC members are charity trustees
“promoting in the parish the whole mission of the Church, pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical”
PCC members are entitled to meet the PCC’s liabilities out of its resources.
Gross failure to act in accordance with their legal responsibilities as trustees
Will probably find there is already some cover in PCC insurance policy
PCC members can receive payment for services provided to the PCC, if a certain procedure is followed.
PCC members cannot become employees of the PCC unless the Charity Commission gives permission.
You can delegate tasks – not responsibility
Take it seriously
Act together and try to ensure decisions are taken as a body. Avoid dominant trustees, or leaving task to one of number.
MOST IMPORTANTLY - Remember what the PCC is for
'Charitable status is not decided on the basis of popularity. I am well aware that, if we held a charity version of the X Factor, some of the most pioneering and innovative work done by charities would not necessarily be successful in winning the public vote.'
Remember it is the
of religion for the public benefit that is Charitable
To increase charities’ efficiency and effectiveness and public confidence and trust in them.
Chair Charity Commission
Church of England Newspaper
“There are 25,000 charities on the register set up for the purpose of advancing religion, and they provide our communities with a wealth of charitable activity…
counselling the bereaved and
helping the homeless
to providing places of worship and promoting ethical and moral codes.
The benefit delivered by these charities is the very stuff of charity and no regulator in its right mind would want to discourage this.”
Take them seriously
BUT no need to fear if acting appropriately
1. Preparation - gathering the necessary data for registration
2. Opening a User Account
3. Entering details about your PCC, about what it does, and about the Trustees.
4. Checking that the data is correct, and then submitting it to the Charity Commission electronically.
5. Returning to the Commission a signed Trustee Declaration.
Read through the Guide, print out Trusteedetails sheets, get the Accounts.
Get Trustee Details
It is suggested that these are done at a
PCC meeting with those PCC Members
that are there – this will allow questions
to be answered.
Then follow up with PCC members who
were not present.
Complete and sign
Complete OLAR process
and submit to Commission
Send Trustee Declaration
with cover sheet