Parish Share by Deanery
For parish share calculations relating to the current year and next year, and also the latest monthly parish share collection analysis, please click on the individual deanery links that appear in the right-hand menu bar.
Fuller details about how the Parish Share Scheme works can be found here . A brief summary leaflet, explaining the calculation method, can be found here, and a commentary on myths and facts about the parish share can be found here.
Parish Share 2019 (confirmed December 2018)
Please note that these estimates are based on the current level of staffing in place, adjusted by any future appointments/retirements that have been formally announced at the time of publishing these figures.
Confirmed figures for 2019, with updated stipend contributions, were published in mid-December 2018, taking into account the latest staffing changes for 2019 and also Pastoral Aid Support Grants as agreed by the Parish Shares Committee at the beginning of December 2018. Parishes my like to note the following information when considering parish budgets for 2019:
- Standard 2019 Stipend Contribution per incumbent (in post): £33,787 p.a. (2018 £ 32,487 p.a. increase 4.0%).
- A Stipend Contribution in vacancy is set at 80% of the standard contribution rate ruling throughout the vacancy period.
It has been decided that the Ministry Support Contribution (MSC) part of the 2019 parish share calculation will once again be subject to an overall cap. For 2019 this has been pegged to the rate of increase in the average parish share request per church member, which is 3.24%. When determining the maximum MSC (capped) value for each parish for 2019, the margin of 3.24% will be applied to the 2018 MSC figure gross (i.e. before any moderation adjustment that was included in the 2018 parish share calculation).
Pastoral Aid Support grants 2019
The provisional figures for 2019 include only those multiple-year Pastoral Aid Support grants previously agreed last autumn. Other grants for 2018 were finally confirmed at the meeting of the Diocesan Parish Shares Committee in December 2018.
The Committee distinguished between:
- Grants to parishes which need additional support to maintain an appropriate level of ministry, which the Board of Finance describes as “mission aided parishes” and,
- Grants to parishes facing exceptional and unforeseen difficulties.
A limited number of grants are awarded to parishes in the first category where longer-term support is needed, and these are the subject of discussions between the Archdeacon, Rural Dean and Deanery Lay Chair. These discussions are initiated by the Archdeacon concerned, and not by the receipt of a grant application from the parish concerned.
Grants in the second category are awarded on the understanding that they are given to provide temporary support and therefore will not usually be awarded for more than two years in succession.
Writing off of past shortfalls
Deaneries may also receive requests from parishes to “write-off” parish share amounts (“shortfalls“) which remain outstanding after three years or longer. For example, this autumn the (renamed) Parish Shares and Grants Committee will consider applications, forwarded through the Deanery, to write-off parish share shortfalls relating to 2016 and earlier.