Apportionment is the means by which the dioceses contribute to the national costs of the Church of England set in the budget of the Archbishops' Council.  The costs (shown from the budget for 2011) are split into five areas:

  • Ordination Training; £12.24 million. The Archbishops' Council will fund places for 534 candidates in full time equivalent (FTE) college training and 716 (FTE) in part time training courses.
  • National Church Responsibilities; £10.14 million.  This includes the Ministry Division, Board of Education, Mission & Public Affairs, Cathedral and Church Buildings, and a share of the shared services departments (shared with the Church Commissioners and the Pension Board) being Communications, Legal Office, Finance and Resources, Human Resources, IT & Office Services, the Church of England Record Centre and Internal Audit.
  • Grants; £1.56 million.  This provides mainly for contributions towards Ecumenical and Anglican Communion activities.
  • Mission Agencies Pension Contributions; £800,000.  This funds the costs of pension contributions for those clergy who work as for various mission agencies.  In 2010 this funded the pension costs of 92 clergy.
  • Church's Housing Assistance for the Retired Ministry (CHARM); £3.42 million.  This scheme helps retiring clergy with housing if required.

The cost to each diocese is calculated through the "Darlow Formula", which apportions the budget to dioceses according to their ability to pay.  Each diocese pays this proportion of the total costs set out above.  This amounts in total to £28.2m.  The costs are carefully reviewed each year.

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