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)

A new edition of the Rules was produced for 2017  and can be purchased as a book or EPUB eBook from Church House Publishing using this link. A Kindle edition can be purchased from Amazon.

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

The 5th Edition of PCC Accountability (incoporating SORP 2015) was published by Church House Publishing in February 2017.


Source URL: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/policy-and-thinking/pcc-accountability-guide

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