THE SYNOD agreed the Archbishops’ Council’s draft budget and proposals for apportionment.
Introducing the report, the chairman of the Finance Committee, Andrew Britton, said that the numbers of ordinands being trained had not increased by three per cent in 2008/09, as had been expected, but had dropped to 580, 7.2 per cent below the numbers projected, and, as course numbers were 30 below the 2009 budget projection, the Vote 1 (Training for Ministry) budget had in fact been reduced. This amounted to a difference of almost £1 million. Still diocesan boards of finance faced “a particularly hard year”.
The total Vote 1 net expenditure for 2010 was £11,803,600, which was six per cent below the 2009 budgeted net expenditure. That meant that the amount to be paid by the dioceses via the apportionment in 2010 would be 1.9 per cent below the 2009 level.
On Vote 2 (funding for the central secretar-iat), the deficit on the staff pensions scheme had increased considerably. Cost savings had kept the increase in the apportionment for this vote down to 1.5 per cent increase next year, or £10,300,258. The amount to be given to ecumenical bodies (Vote 3) had, after discussions with these groups, been reduced by eight per cent to £1,535,450.
The amount set aside for mission agencies’ pensions (Vote 4) had increased by 3.8 per cent to £830,625, and the amount set aside for the clergy retirement housing scheme, CHARM (Vote 5) had increased by 10.3 per cent to £3,252,900.
The total budget for 2010 was £27.7 million.
In all, this gave a total increase in the apportionment dioceses would have to pay of 0.4 per cent.
Tim Hind (Bath & Wells) asked if the CHARM scheme would have to be increased in the future because clergy pensioners would have less money of their own with which to find accommodation.
The Revd Paul Benfield (Blackburn), who is on the legal aid committee, asked what contingency funding there was to meet any sudden increase in legal-aid applications as, by their nature, appeals for help at tribunals could not be predicted.
The Revd Mark Ireland (Lichfield) said that in Malaysia young people who sought training for ordination were sent out as evangelists,
“to see if they were reproductive, faithful, worshipful ministers”. If they were, then “OK, train them.” He said that in England many people who were able to make a massive impactwere at present “put away for three years”in college.
The Archdeacon of the Meon, the Ven.Peter Hancock (Portsmouth), who chairs the Church Pastoral Aid Society, said that many mission agencies benefited from Vote 4, which was the “only contribution to mission from the national Church”. “It really does make a difference.”
Vote 1 was moved and carried (£11,803,600).
Vote 2 was moved. David Jones (Salisbury) said that he did not think that there had been an external evaluation of the Archbishops’ Council’s work, and there should be. “We should be putting some money into the budget for it.” The Vote was carried (£10,300,258).
Vote 3 (£1,535,450), Vote 4 (£830,625), and Vote 5 (£3,252,900) were all moved and carried. The Synod then approved the table of apportionment (GS1730) for “the apportionment amongst the dioceses of the net sum to be provided by them to enable the Council to meet the expected expenditure shown in its budget for the year 2010”.