Under arrangements agreed with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC,) parochial clergy may receive part of their stipend paid free of tax and National Insurance in reimbursement of heating, lighting, cleaning and garden upkeep (HLC or HLCG) costs. For further details, please visit the HLC Scheme section of the Church of England website.
Weddings and funerals
For details of current year statutory parochial fees, and guidance for Ministers in respect of funeral collections, Voluntary Ministers and payment of fees to the Diocese, please refer to the Fees - Weddings and Funerals page.
Stipends are paid to clergy on the basis that parochial expenses are reimbursed in full. If, therefore, clergy do not claim all their expenses, or their expenses are not fully reimbursed, they are receiving less than their full stipend. PCCs should be committed to reimbursing clergy expenses in full.
The Church of England booklet "Parochial Expenses Guide" gives guidance to both clergy and PCC treasurers about the reimbursement of expenses.
Dependant Child Allowance
For existing stipendiary clergy in our Diocese, the 2019 Diocesan Budget approved by Diocesan Synod in October 2018 provides for a Dependant Child Allowance of £325 p.a. per child. The Dependant Child Allowance form for 2019 can be downloaded here.
Car Loan Scheme
Please note that the Commissioners' Assets Committee closed the car loan scheme to new business in 2015. Alternative provision is now available from Churches Mutual Credit Union (CMCU) www.cmcu.org.uk.