THE office and working costs of the Church of England's 113
bishops increased again last year, from £17,013,912 in 2011 to
Figures released by the Church Commissioners on Wednesday show
that the largest increase was in staff costs, which rose from
£8,279,128 to £9,093,061.
Legal costs, which include charges connected with clergy
discipline cases, increased from £1,315,816 to £1,382,178.
The figures include a breakdown of expenditure by individual
bishops. A total of 28 bishops reported a decrease in costs,
including the Archbishops of Canterbury and York. No bishop
reported an increase of more than £60,000.
The Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Revd Tim Stevens, whose costs
increased by £58,749 to £247,656, incurred "one-off charges",
including the refurbishment of his offices and increased
hospitality costs for major events, including the visit to the
diocese by the Queen during her Diamond Jubilee year.
A spokeswoman for the Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd
Christopher Chessun, whose costs increased by £50,660 to £268,122,
said that, because 2012 was the first year in which he was diocesan
Bishop throughout, costs rose because he spent more time offering
hospitality to people around the diocese.
He also leased a car for the first time, and some costs that had
previously been accounted for by the diocese of Southwark properly
moved to his office. Other causes of the increase included the
completion of the episcopal team in the diocese.