All PCCs are subject to Charity Law in this area; this is just a brief reminder of the current position.
Private benefit can arise where a member of the PCC or a person or organisation connected to her/him receives payment or other benefit from the Church. Payment as an employee cannot be made without advance authority from the Charity Commission – doing so could result in financial penalties. (Clergy remuneration is excluded from these restrictions).
Changes in legislation means that payment for services provided can be made if the necessary procedures are complied with.
The whole area of private benefit is complex and if you think that your Parish may be affected you may need to take action to ensure the law is complied with. The Resources Department have experience in this area and will be able to give you initial guidance. Contact them on 0151 705 2180 or Cath Gaskell
Finance Resources Officer.