Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) are charities, and their members are Charity Trustees. In this section, we direct you to some resources to help PCCs and their members. The majority of this advice directs you to the excellent Parish Resources website, which is one of the main websites to help support the work of our PCCs.
- Working with the legal and safeguarding teams, The Parish Resources Team have produced a Checklist to help ensure you’re on top the key aspects of good governance and compliance. Completing this could be done together as a PCC to build awareness of what is required, or led by one of the officers building input from others as necessary.
Data Protection & GDPR
- The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect in the UK from 25 May 2018. Parishes must comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements, just like any other charity or organisation needs to. The Parish Resources Team have produced lots of guidance, templates and a checklist to help parishes implement this.
- The Diocese of Ely website also has GDPR resources to help, which can be found here.
Electoral Roll, APCMs and PCC Meetings and Prayer
- Electoral Roll: Click here for the forms you need to revise your Electoral Roll and run the parish’s Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM).
- PCC Meetings Template: Click here for a monthly Parish Parochial Church (PCC) meetings notice template. Please note the inclusion of the agenda on this document is optional.
- PCC Meetings and Prayer: You would expect most PCC meetings to open with some form of prayer and to close with the Grace or something similar. But for many people the section in between opening and close is seen as merely a business meeting, not a prayer gathering or a worship service. These guidance notes for PCCs take a more carefully considered view and look at what should be happening in a church business meeting and, so, what part prayer might play in PCC proceedings. - Click here to view the draft guidance
- PCCs with annual incomes over £100,000 are required by law to register with the Charity Commission.
- Click here for full guidance on the process for registering your PCC if your income is above this threshold. For registered PCCs, the Parish esources Team also offer guidance on when you should show your registered status. Registered charities will also need to report serious incidents to the Charity Commission.
PCC Codes of Conduct for Members and Meetings
The Diocese of Ely has created a template "Example Code of Conduct for PCC Meetings" that you may find useful to adopt in your PCC. The document can be downloaded from the link below.
- Example Code of Conduct for PCC Meetings - June 2020 (click here)
- Example - PCC Code of Conduct for Members - February 2023 (click here)
- Click here to find out more about the documents which set out governance arrangements for PCCs.
- You will need certain policies to ensure that you have the processes in place to manage potential issues, and that you’ve agreed as a Council how you will do this. The policies that you will need will depend on your situation, but guidance to help you with some of the common ones is available here.
Good Practice with Reserves & Restricted Funds
- The Parish resources team have produced a “Good Practice” guide to developing Reserves Policies. There is also a guide to Restricted Funds, and how parishes can manage these effectively.
- Click here to see the Parish Resources guidance on managing risks – with checklists and examples.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Click here to see the Parish resources page of FAQs about PCCs as Charities.