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Funding to Council cut

25 January 2012

by Ed Thornton

THE Archbishops’ Council an­nounced last month that it had cut its request for funding from dioceses next year by £0.5 million.

The Council “has decided to re­quest the same overall level of funding for its work in 2012 as in 2011, rather than the 1.8-per-cent increase ap­proved by the General Synod in July”.

The Synod approved the Arch­bishops’ Council’s budget for 2012, which included a funding request to dioceses of £28.65 million, which was £498,700 (1.8 per cent) above the 2011 level. This fell within the fin­ancial framework for 2010-15, set by the Archbishops’ Council, and ap­proved by the Synod in July 2009.

The statement said that it had been “possible to reduce the request to dioceses as the current forecast for the Council’s expenditure in 2011 and 2012 is now less than when the 2012 budget was approved. The forecast savings . . . are partly for ordination training . . . and partly in staff and accommodation costs.”

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