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Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Martin Luther (9 Oct 2017)

Caroline Spelman: Church of England dioceses are marking the 500th Anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation in Europe and parishes are being encourage to commemorate the anniversary in a variety of ways. For example in my own parish of Knowle, a sermon series will be held. Information on some of the main events being run across the Church can be seen here:...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Churches: Fees and Charges (13 Sep 2017)

Caroline Spelman: There is no central policy on charging for entry at Church of England churches and cathedrals. It is for the cathedral chapters and church incumbents to decide how best to meet their financial obligations, such as running costs and repairs, and in the case of the most popular, to manage their visitor numbers. However, only nine out of the 42 Church of England cathedrals, and very few...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: St Wilfrid's Church Scrooby: Public Lavatories (5 Sep 2017)

Caroline Spelman: The parish of Scrooby is currently in interregnum. Having spoken with the churchwarden I understand that the Parish Council, congregation and community have taken the decision to improve the facilities in the nearby village hall, rather than at St Wilfrid’s. The decision was in part a consequence of the difficulty of finding a practical and cost effective way to connect the church with...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Churches: Bats (10 Jul 2017)

Caroline Spelman: Bat roosting remains a significant and costly issue for around 100 churches, where large roosts mean constant cleaning, damage to significant artefacts and delays to repair work, all of which reduce the use of the building by the congregation and community. Our experience is that bat boxes are not always the best solution, since there is no guarantee that the bats will use them. The Church of...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Churches: Camping Sites (10 Jul 2017)

Caroline Spelman: ‘Champing’, or overnight camping in a church, is a new form of holiday pioneered by the Churches Conservation Trust. It currently uses only closed churches, 12 of which across the UK are available for visitors to stay the night in, between April and September. The Church of England is however working in partnership with the Churches Conservation Trust to bring the Champing model...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Homelessness (24 Apr 2017)

Caroline Spelman: At parish and diocesan level the Church is closely involved in providing support to homeless people through night shelters and other activities, and raising funds and awareness. Recently in the House of Lords bishops supported the Homelessness Reduction Bill. In the Torbay area the Vicar on the Streets initiative undertaken by Revd Gary Deighton of St George's Church, Goodrington, and the...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Debt Rescheduling (20 Apr 2017)

Caroline Spelman: The Church of England supports the Breathing Space campaign of The Children’s Society and StepChange. The Church has considerable experience of supporting people in financial difficulty and has for the last four years been actively promoting credit unions and financial education within its school and church networks. Additionally, as part of the Just Finance Foundation, LifeSavers is a...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Domestic Violence: Victim Support Schemes (20 Apr 2017)

Caroline Spelman: On 15th March 2017 the Church of England’s House of Bishops published “Responding Well to Domestic Abuse: Policy and Practice Guidance”, which urges church communities to address the issue of domestic abuse and raise awareness of its impact on adults and children. The document can be seen at:

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: House of Lords: Reform (20 Apr 2017)

Caroline Spelman: In December the House of Lords passed a motion that its size ought to be reduced. The Bishop of Birmingham, who is Convenor of the Lords Spiritual, supported that motion and has since made a submission to the Committee set up by the Lord Speaker to look at options for reducing the size. Its report is awaited. For many years now the public responses of the Church to proposals for Lords reform...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: St Botolph's Church Peterborough (18 Apr 2017)

Caroline Spelman: St Botolph’s in Longthorpe is a 700 year old church. The interior is by no means original, having been altered and changed over the centuries. All parishes that wish to alter their church interiors are required to seek advice and permission from a variety of bodies before a reordering can take place. Parishes undertaking such large scale reordering schemes do not therefore do so...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Church Commissioners: Procurement (23 Mar 2017)

Caroline Spelman: The staff referred to in Question 64993 are not employed in a pay banding system. As previously mentioned in the answer to Question 62061 the salaries of staff in the investment teams are compared against market data from similar institutional investors each year. We pay in the lower to median quartiles of that data.

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Churches: Yoga (23 Mar 2017)

Caroline Spelman: The Church of England takes a flexible approach to yoga classes in church halls, with decisions left to the discretion of the local Parochial Church Council. Advice and guidance is available for parishes that are considering hiring their church hall out, which can be found here oc

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Church of England: Peterborough (16 Mar 2017)

Caroline Spelman: Officers from within the Church Commissioners’ Property Investment and Parliamentary Affairs departments met most recently with the Rt. Hon. Member for Peterborough on 18th January 2017. The Church Commissioners have an agreement in relation to land at Paston which means that they and their collaborators must jointly agree upon the terms of any sale to a third-party. Those collaborators...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Peterborough Cathedral (13 Mar 2017)

Caroline Spelman: In addition to the answer given on 13 October 2016 to question 47672, on 6th January 2017 the Bishop of Peterborough issued a visitation charge to the Cathedral Chapter and published his directions to improve governance at the Cathedral. These include:A greater degree of accountability for the ChapterMore involvement of the diocese, especially concerning financial oversightThe Bishop has the...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Churches: Wifi and Broadband (2 Mar 2017)

Caroline Spelman: Churches across the Country play an important role in supporting community infrastructure for their local communities. The Diocese of Norwich since 2011 have been the majority shareholder in WiSpire which provides discreet Fixed Wireless Access technology to attach to church towers. This system builds a network of transmitters offering schools, businesses and residents the opportunity to...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Churches: Repairs and Maintenance (2 Mar 2017)

Caroline Spelman: The Church of England highly values the work of the Heritage Lottery Fund in running the Grants for Places of Worship Scheme, a fund which puts £30m a year into UK listed places of worship, of all faiths and denominations. This dedicated scheme takes account of the specific needs of places of worship that are primarily run by volunteers who cannot afford to employ the skills of...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Churches: Credit Unions (1 Mar 2017)

Caroline Spelman: The Churches Mutual Credit Union (CMCU) allows member of the Church of England, Church of Scotland, Methodist Church of Great Britain, Church in Wales, Scottish Episcopal Church, United Reformed Church and Catholic Churches in England & Wales and in Scotland to become members.

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Church Commissioners: Procurement (1 Mar 2017)

Caroline Spelman: The Church Commissioners external contracts are managed either in partnership with the other National Church Institutions through shared office services schemes or by the Corporation of Church House, who manage the building. Those that fall specifically within the remit of the Church Commissioners are largely located within the Investments Department, who have five members of staff who...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Church Commissioners: Procurement (1 Mar 2017)

Caroline Spelman: Information relating to the Church Commissioners procurement spend for the 2010-2016 are not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Church Commissioners: Security (20 Feb 2017)

Caroline Spelman: The number of non-staff security passes issued by the National Church Institutions, of which the Church Commissioners are a member, fall into the following categories: 1. Senior members and staff of the General Synod (Church of England’s Governing Parliament) in the following categories: ’53 Diocesan bishops and elected suffragan bishops’ who make up the House of Bishops....

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