The House of Bishops has asked us to prepare and publish the
details of bishops' office and working costs on an annual
This document starts with a brief outline of bishops' work. The
range is extensive and it is widely recognised that bishops carry a
very heavy workload. The following pages set out the bishops'
office and working costs in the year 2009, with detailed notes of
explanation. All these costs were incurred in the course of the
work we have described.
The costs of their offices, many diocesan functions and other
working costs totalled £15.6 million, which includes £0.7 million
of the Commissioners' own administrative costs. Furthermore, in
2009, the Commissioners spent £5.1 million on the stipends,
employer's national insurance and pension contributions of bishops.
They also spent £5.9 million on maintaining the houses, office
premises and gardens of the archbishops and diocesan bishops,
including Lambeth Palace. Bishops' houses usually include their
offices. The housing costs of suffragan bishops are met by
A copy of the report for the year ended 31
December 2009 is available for download under
the Resources sidebar on the right of this page.
The booklet includes a full description of the important role
played by bishops locally, regionally and nationally.