Report recommends higher and redefined stipends
27 September 2001
Clergy stipends should be redefined and increased, according to the report of the Clergy Stipends Review Group, published today, Thursday 27 September. The Group, set up in 1999 by the Archbishops' Council, has made 30 recommendations to the Church of England. The report, 'Generosity and Sacrifice', has only the authority of the Group that produced it.
Octavia Hill Estates: Church Commissioners respond to consultation
26 September 2001
Existing tenants of the Church Commissioners' residential properties in London, the Octavia Hill Estates, will continue to be protected on their current terms under a new letting policy announced today, Wednesday, 26 September, 2001. Residents on assured shorthold tenancies will be able to apply to upgrade to assured tenancies after four years' residence, while, for future tenants only, the Commissioners will move to a mix of affordable rents and market rents on the estates.
Church responds to drugs policy inquiry
26 September 2001
The Board for Social Responsibility has warmly welcomed the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee decision to hold an investigation into the Government's drugs policy. In a submission, building on one to the Runciman Inquiry in 1998, the Board argued that the possession of cannabis should no longer be an imprisonable offence. This follows the recommendation of the Runciman Inquiry (para 77.2)
Personality Disorder and Human Worth
21 September 2001
The Board for Social Responsibility has published the report of a conference on Dangerous Severe Personality Disorder (DSPD).
Church to sell Zurburan paintings of Jacob and his Sons
20 September 2001
The Church Commissioners' Board of Governors has approved, in principle, the sale of a series of paintings by Francesco de Zurburan, of Jacob and his twelve sons. The paintings are displayed in the dining room in Auckland Castle, home of the Bishops of Durham.
Church welcomes Education White Paper Schools achieving success
05 September 2001
The Church of England's Board of Education has welcomed the Government White Paper, Schools achieving success, published today, but warned against any erosion of the place of religious education and spiritual development in the curriculum.