The PCC as a Charity – Resources to help you

PCCs are charities, and their members are Charity Trustees. In this section, we offer some resources to help PCCs and their members.

Charity Registration

Those 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, we also offer guidance on when you should show your registered status, and the on-line process for submitting Annual Accounts and Returns. Registered charities will also need to report serious incidents to the Charity Commission.


We have produced an 8 page leaflet to introduce PCC members to their roles and responsibilities as Charity Trustees. This has been done in conjunction with the Charity Commission, based on their publication CC3a ‘The Essential Trustee’.

This resource is now only available as an online PDF which can be downloaded here Trusteeship booklet. An updated version of the booklet will be available in the spring/summer of 2016.

Another online PDF resource is a short guide for PCC members and can be downloaded here: what every PCC member needs to know about finance

Forms for Electoral Rolls, Monthly Church Meetings and for Annual Church Meetings

Click here for the forms you need to revise your electoral roll and run the parish’s annual parochial church meeting.

Click here your monthly Parish Parochial Church meetings template. Please note the including of the agenda on this document is optional.

Governing Documents

Click here to find out more about the documents which set out governance arrangements for PCCs.

Good Practice with Reserves & Restricted Funds

We 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.

Risk Management

Click here to see guidance on managing risks – with checklists and examples.

FATCA – Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act

Click here for guidance on how to fill out forms your bank may send you.

Parish Property Transactions

If the parish is looking to acquire or dispose of property, new simplified regulations were approved by the Archbishops Council in September 2015 – see the new guidance on the Ecclesiastical Property Measure.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to see our page of FAQs about PCCs as Charities.

External Links
The Charity Commission produce a range of helpful guidance notes, which can be found on their website.
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