Parish incomes continue to increase, passing Â£900 million for first time at Â£916 million, up Â£20 million on 2010, according to the latest parish finance statistics published by the Church of England.
Income from giving in 2011 increased by 1.3% to Â£546 million, with planned giving exceeding Â£10 per subscriber each week for the first time and tax-efficient giving reaching Â£10.70 a week. At Â£46.40 a month, this is more than double the average donation to the charitable sector of Â£17.00 a month.
Dr John Preston, National Stewardship Officer, said, “2011 saw another year of increased parish incomes and giving, in large part due to the faith and commitment of regular givers. Although overall growth in income was lower than inflation, it is encouraging to note that the average weekly gift from our planned givers has risen by a further 3%.”