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1 Consultation Paul Lewis Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 Summer 2012 Conferences

2 “Consultation is a process of dialogue leading to a decision.” Audit Commission - Listen Up, Effective Community Consultation 1999 Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 Summer 2012 Conferences

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5 Legal Principles What is required varies with individual circumstances – both extent and method of consultation Fairness Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 Summer 2012 Conferences

6 Legal Principles Consultation must be undertaken when the proposals are still at a formative stage Consultation must give sufficient details and reasons for proposals to enable the person consulted to intelligently consider them and make a meaningful response Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 Summer 2012 Conferences

7 Legal Principles Person consulted must be given adequate time to consider and respond Consultation responses must be actively considered and taken into account Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 Summer 2012 Conferences

8 Stages of Consultation Informal Formal (Statutory) ascertainment of views of interested parties Formal (Statutory) consultation on the draft Scheme Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 Summer 2012 Conferences

9 Stages of Consultation - Informal Explain the process and that at this stage it is informal discussions Explain the rights of interested parties including the rights of representation to the Commissioners Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 Summer 2012 Conferences

10 Stages of Consultation - Informal Record keeping Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 Summer 2012 Conferences

11 Stages of Consultation - Informal If the proposals involve closing a church building: Code of Practice recommends wider consultation public meetings and engagement with the congregation Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 Summer 2012 Conferences

12 Stages of Consultation – Formal Ascertain so far as may be practical the views of the interested parties: a)incumbents, team vicars b)priests-in-charge of suspended benefices and conventional districts c)patrons d)PCCs e)archdeacons, rural deans, and lay chairman of the affected deanery synod(s) Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 Summer 2012 Conferences

13 Stages of Consultation - Formal If it involves the closure of a church building, additionally ascertain the views of: a)local planning authority b)parish council or, where no parish council, the chairman of the parish meeting c)Church Buildings Council Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 Summer 2012 Conferences

14 Stages of Consultation – Formal Right to meet the Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committee, Sub-Committees or representatives Applies to incumbents, priests-in-charge and PCCs Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 Summer 2012 Conferences

15 Stages of Consultation - Formal An incumbent (or priest-in-charge) whose benefice might be: – united; – otherwise dissolved; – held in plurality; – affected by the establishment of a team or group ministry; has the right to meet the full DMPC. Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 Summer 2012 Conferences

16 Stages of Consultation – Publication of Draft Scheme Consult again with statutory interested parties Church door notice in every case Where closure of a church building or appropriation of a churchyard are involved – newspaper notice Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 Summer 2012 Conferences

17 Future Use of Closed Church Buildings Single Scheme providing for closure of building and its future use OR Closure and subsequent Scheme to settle its future Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 Summer 2012 Conferences

18 Future Use of Closed Church Buildings Consultation is on the Commissioners’ proposals, not the Bishop’s or Diocese’s proposals Newspaper notice Available for inspection locally Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 Summer 2012 Conferences

19 Future Use of Closed Church Buildings Statutory Consultation: Diocesan Board of Finance Local Planning Authority Parish Council or parish meeting Commonwealth War Graves Commission English Heritage Joint Committee of National Amenity Societies Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 Summer 2012 Conferences

20 Parish Reorganisation Consultation Informal Formal Draft Scheme Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 Summer 2012 Conferences

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22 Possible Streamlining of Consultation on Parish Reorganisation First stage – Similar to current informal with presentation of the issues and potential proposals – in written form and in meetings Second stage – Draft scheme consultation: Diocese considers representations and amends/withdraws or asks Commissioners to determine Scheme Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 Summer 2012 Conferences

23 Modernising Consultation Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 Summer 2012 Conferences

24 Modernising Consultation Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 Summer 2012 Conferences

25 Modernising Consultation Localism Act communities developing Neighbourhood Plans (March 2012) £50 million funding from Government Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 Summer 2012 Conferences

26 Modernising Consultation Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 Summer 2012 Conferences

27 Modernising Consultation Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 Summer 2012 Conferences

28 Modernising Consultation Streamlining consultation on parish reorganisation Engaging in the digital space Engaging neighbourhoods on closed church building proposals Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 Summer 2012 Conferences


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