The Simplification Task Group was charged with bringing forward options for simplification and deregulation in response to concerns about legislative constraints to mission and growth.

The terms of reference set for the Task Group when it was established in 2014 were as follows:

"To consider concerns raised about the constraints caused to the mission and growth of the Church of England by existing canons, legislation, regulations and procedures and to bring forward options and proposals for simplification and deregulation, and to report back to Archbishops' Council and the Board of Governors of the Church Commissioners"

Our first report contained a series of recommended changes to legislation arising from what dioceses were experiencing as legislative barriers to mission. Simplification Phase I has resulted in an extensive package of legislative simplification for the dioceses which is well advanced in its progress through the General Synod.

The second report from the Task Group results from an extensive survey of parishes carried out in the summer of 2015 to ascertain their concerns about legislation at the grass-roots level. It is our hope that Simplification Phase II will result in a similar package of simplifying legislation to assist the parishes reaching General Synod in February 2017. The paper also outlines possible options for Phase III.