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Retirement housing has been a problem for us

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25 July 2014

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From the Revd A. Campbell-Wilson

Sir, - While not disagreeing with the Revd Paul Nicolson over the conditions in which some tenants live ( Letters, 11 July), I would take issue with him about clergy retirement housing.

The Church of England Pensions Board takes half of my church pension for rent for a modest terraced house. The monthly rent is the same as our neighbours pay for their privately rented accommodation. The only difference is that they do not have to pay for any repairs to the property, as we do, and they did not have to pay for any ingoing works, as we did.

After giving service to the Church, free of charge, for a quarter of a century, my wife has been forced to take up employment because my state pension is only for a single person.

In order to try to rectify this inequality, we have been forced to pay the legal fees of the Board, as well as our own, leaving us considerably out of pocket. New clergy should be warned that the Church will not look after them when they retire, only expect them to prop it up, without pay, to fill in the gaps made by the bishops in cutting staffing.

ALLAN CAMPBELL-WILSON

51 Oak Road

Scarborough YO12 4AP

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