Charities have a range of Governing Documents. Charitable Trusts are governed by Trust Deeds; Charitable Companies will have a Memorandum and Articles; whilst Charitable Associations usually have a Constitution. Whilst Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) are charities, they are governed by two pieces of Church of England legislation, called Measures. These are:
The Parochial Church Councils (Powers) Measure 1956 as amended. This defines the principal function, or purpose, of the PCC as "promoting in the parish the whole mission of the Church". You can find the full text of the PCC Powers Measure in its currently amended form on the Statute Law Database by clicking here.
The Church Representation Rules (contained in Schedule 3 to the Synodical Government Measure 1969 as amended).
An updated online edition of the Rules as at 1 January 2017 is also available on this link.
PCC Accountability: The Charities Act 2011 and the PCC
A 5th Edition of PCC Accountability (incoporating SORP 2015) is in preparation and will be available in print and online by 28 February 2017.