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THE DIOCESE OF WORCESTER Parish Treasurers Meeting 2007

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PARISH SHARE FORMULA Previous “Quota Formula” set in 1986 Working party established in 2000 All deaneries represented Examined various options New formula approved by Diocesan Synod in Nov 2003 Phased in from 2004 Implementation reviewed in 2006

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SHARING, NOT CHARGING Through Parish Share we seek to share the costs of mission and ministry Distributing the resources of ministry as they are needed Paying for them according to our ability

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GIVING, NOT PAYING By giving as part of our Christian discipleship Proportionate to: –Church membership –Church members’ income

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Calculating Parish Share Basic concept of formula is simple. Share is allocated to deaneries using two elements: Average Sunday Attendance (using statistics provided by parishes) Income

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Calculating Parish Share (Continued) Income is a notional Average Personal Income calculated for each deanery. We’ll come back to how it’s calculated later

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Calculating Parish Share (Continued) Multiplying Average Personal Income by the Average Sunday Attendance figure gives an idea of the income of churchgoers in a deanery. Divide this by the income available to churchgoers in the diocese and you have the proportion of share requested from the deanery.

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Calculating Parish Share (Continued) “But the people who earn a lot in my parish don’t come to church!” WHAT MATTERS IS THE RELATIVE LEVELS BETWEEN DEANERIES NOT PRECISE INCOME FIGURES

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AVERAGE INCOME Working Party wanted income survey questionnaires – this was not accepted Use of Inland Revenue statistics (2 nd choice) Advantages: Objective measure of relative wealth Readily available Regularly updated Disadvantages: Not specific to congregations Tax districts overlap deanery boundaries

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Calculating Parish Share (Continued) Average Personal Income is based on figures from HM Revenue & Customs for income and number of tax payers in each District the 2001 Census for populations of small geographical areas called “Super Output Areas”

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INLAND REVENUE STATISTICS How we use them Help of new mapping software Integration of census statistics Indicator of relative wealth

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Calculating Parish Share (continued) “Super Output Areas” are used for government statistics. The brown lines represent the SOA boundaries. Parish boundaries are shown in magenta.

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Calculating Parish Share Super Output Areas Districts Deaneries & Parishes Let’s see how they relate

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Calculation Parish Share Parishes in Bromsgrove Deanery For example

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Calculating Parish Share overlap District boundaries Redditch Bromsgrove Wychavon Stratford-on- Avon Wyre ForestSolihull Birmingham

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Calculating Parish Share and Super Output Areas

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Calculating Parish Share The overlaps affect our calculations so we’ll come back to them again But first let’s put together Population figures (of those over 15 years of age) from the 2001 Census and the figures from HM Customs & Revenue

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Calculating Parish Share Dividing the number of tax payers in a District by the population count gives the proportion of tax payers. So we can work out how many tax payers and non-tax payers there are in each Super Output Area. LA_CODEDistrictLSOA_CODEPopTaxMeanPropTaxPayersTaxPayersNonTaxPayers 00CRDudley DistrictE CRDudley DistrictE CRDudley DistrictE CRDudley DistrictE CRDudley DistrictE CRDudley DistrictE

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Calculating Parish Share We need to estimate the total income available to people in a parish before we work out the Average Personal Income. That’s the number of taxpayers multiplied by their average income, with an addition for non-taxpayers (their number multiplied by ¾ of the single persons tax allowance £5,032 x ¾ = £3,774) LA_CODEDistrictLSOA_CODEPopTaxMeanPropTaxPayersTaxPayersNonTaxPayers 00CRDudley DistrictE We can easily do it for a Super Output Area e.g. (836 x £18,800) + (394 x £3,774) = £17,203,756

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Calculating Parish Share But we need figures for the deaneries. We start at parish level and find the proportion of each SOA that overlaps a parish

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Calculating Parish Share We use a geographical information system to automate the calculation of the proportion of a Super Output Area that overlaps a parish

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Calculating Parish Share Here are the figures for one parish ParishSOA_codeProportionPopulationPayersNonPayersTaxMeanAllowanceNonTaxIncTaxIncTotalInc Finstall, St GodwaldE Finstall, St GodwaldE Finstall, St GodwaldE Finstall, St GodwaldE Finstall, St GodwaldE Finstall, St GodwaldE Finstall, St GodwaldE Finstall, St GodwaldE Finstall, St GodwaldE

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Calculating Parish Share We have to add up the number of people and total income for every parish in a deanery RefParishPeople over 15Total Income D1.01Alvechurch, St Laurence D1.02Astwood Bank, St Matthias & St George D1.03Beoley, St Leonard D1.04Bromsgrove, All Saints D1.05Bromsgrove, St John Baptist D1.06aCatshill, Christchurch D1.06bDodford, Holy Trinity D1.07Finstall, St Godwald D1.08Ipsley D1.09Redditch, St Stephen D1.10Redditch, The Ridge D1.11Tardebigge, St Bartholomew, Lower Bentley, St Mary

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Calculating Parish Share The Average Personal Income for a deanery is Total income divided by number of people over age 15 For our example £1,622,186,154 / 98,162 = £16,526 The Average Personal Income is multiplied by the Average Sunday Attendance figure

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Calculating Parish Share We smooth the fluctuations of income and attendance figures by averaging Income is based on a 3 year average Attendance is based on a 5 year average

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Calculating Parish Share So all this enables the relative proportion of the diocesan budget to be worked out for each deanery.

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THE DIOCESE OF WORCESTER Parish Treasurers Meeting 2007

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