Travel and accommodation expenses

Expenses can be claimed for the reimbursement of accommodation and travel expenses for courses outside the Diocese. Travel expenses may be claimed for second class rail or mileage rates (45p per mile). Expenses for events within the Diocese will not be refunded. Expenses claim forms should be returned to Marianne Hambrook,

Where money comes from and how it is spent

The Diocese annually budgets an equivalent of 1% of stipend for all licensed clergy to be made available for continuing ministerial development. This training fund is used to pay for individual CMD applications and Diocesan events; it is an investment in supporting clergy in key transitions in their ministry. The focus is upon equipping and enabling ministry with a view to the needs of the local church, deanery and Diocese. It is therefore, strongly encouraged that applications for funding are made in advance and in consultation with others – most appropriately in the context of Ministerial Development Review. With funding comes a responsibility for continuing learning and taking your new skills and insights to teach and train others. The Diocese is committed to the national guidelines on Continuing Ministerial Development and the Terms and Conditions of Service. The Diocese has moved away from the administration of individual financial accounts and is now concerned with providing resources at the point of need for clergy to equip them for the challenges of ministry.

What Parishes might reasonably pay

It is good practice for PCCs to contribute to costs which will always be expected to be part of ministry such as retreats, spiritual direction and regular quiet days. In addition, it is expected that parishes will pay for travel to events within the Diocese. It is good practice for parishes to provide a book allowance per annum. This is best itemised and paid directly by the parish treasurer.