New arrangements for housing retired clergy announced
We announced the new arrangements for our CHARM
Rental Scheme at General Synod on Monday 14th July 2014 and here
are links to the full Consultation Response document and the Press Release.
The changes do not affect the CHARM
Shared Equity or Mortgage Schemes, or the Supported Living or
Nursing Home Schemes, also provided by the Pensions Board.
The CHARM Scheme
The Church of England Pensions
Board is a registered charity that has operated the Church's
Housing Assistance for the Retired Ministry (CHARM) since it came
into operation in 1983. The objective of the Scheme is to assist
beneficiaries vacating tied housing with retirement accommodation
and the Board can help:
Retired Clergy; Deaconesses;
Licensed Lay and Church Workers; and Church Army Officers;
who retire with at least five
years qualifying pensionable service under Clergy Pensions
with insufficient financial
resources to purchase a property outright; and
their Spouses; Civil Partners;
Widows and Widowers.
Retirement housing is not provided
'as of right', but may be offered having regard to the resources
available to the Board and each applicant's circumstances. It is
not the purpose of the Scheme to assist those who have some
resources of their own, either in the aquisition of a larger
property, or with their wider financial planning, by freeing
capital for other purposes.
Housing Schemes available
There are three categories of
Housing assistance available, each of which is described in more
detail within this section of the website:
In addition, the Board administers
Manormead Care Home (with Nursing) for those
who require full Nursing Care, including the Dementia Care
Since 2011, the Board has worked in
partnership with Sanctuary Maintenance, who provide a wide range of
maintenance services for the Board's property portfolio:
information about Sanctuary Maintenance is available on this
In April 2010, the Board introduced
Changes to the Eligibilty Criteria by
increasing the minimum service required for the Rental Scheme from
five years by one year every April, until the required service is
15 years in 2019, so the minimum service required is currently ten
years. Years of qualifying service are determined by an applicant's
service on their date of retirement; even if they subsequently
apply to the Board for housing later in their retirement.
However, this increase does not
apply to the Shared Ownership Scheme, the Supported Housing
Schemes, the Care Home, or early retirement due to Ill Health,
where minimum service required remains at five years.
Eligibility was also extended to
Clergy with a minimum of five years Stipendiary service, plus House
for Duty service, that matches the minimum service requirement; and
eligibility for the Supported Housing Schemes and the Care Home was
extended to those ordained with Non-Stipendiary Ministry service
and applicants from other Religious Orders with the minumum of five
years service required.
Furthermore, the Board has extended
eligibility to the Supported Housing Schemes and the Care Home to
all individuals who receive a pension from the Board, including
their spouses/civil partners, with the minimum of five years
service required. However, those with Ministry service will always
take priority over Lay applicants on the waiting lists.
We would encourage applicants to
contact the Board at least one year before the intended retirement
date to establish eligibility for retirement housing.
Further Information and Contact Details
Forms and guidance documents with
detailed information about the Board's housing assistance are
available on this website. However, for those making plans for
retirement accommodation who would like to know how the Scheme may
fit their particular circumstances, the staff in the Board's
Housing Department are available to answer any questions and give
more detailed information.