The Property Committee aims to provide and maintain good quality cost effective housing to support clergy in their ministry. Its officers work to provide the best standards of accommodation as possible, within a budget agreed by the Diocesan Synod. Standards of accommodation are set out further within the clergy housing handbook.
The Property Committee takes account of the Synodical Environmental Policy as far as is practicable within available budgets. In terms of clergy housing, the most overt and tangible examples of this policy in action are:
- uPVC replacement double glazed windows fitted to as many properties as possible
- a gradual upgrade programme of all central heating boilers to SEDBUK A-rated condensing boilers, complemented by modern systems of control.
- Upgrading of all loft insulation to the current building regulation recommendation of 270mm of mineral wool
- a multitude of energy conservation aids (such as draft proofing) which are adopted where possible during improvement or refurbishment work.
The Property Committee (nor the Diocesan Board of Finance as an organisation) does not provide retirement housing for clergy. A well-subscribed system is operated however by the Church of England Pensions Board. The Church of England website contains a good deal of information for those looking and planning ahead.
For property related queries, please see the Clergy Housing Handbook (above) and contact the Diocesan Office for any additional assistance. Detailed guidance is issued by the Diocesan Office between three and four weeks prior to outgoing removals.
Members of PCCs who are looking ahead to, or within a vacancy should refer to the archidiaconal advice given in the booklet