Finance Statistics 2013 contains information provided by parishes in their annual finance returns.
In the autumn of 2008 the recession hit the economy. For the charitable sector as a whole there was a noticeable decline in income . Parishes were protected during 2009-13 by the dedicated giving of donors, and donor income has increased at the same rate since 2007. However, the increase in donations has not matched the rate of inflation (Tables 3 and 4).
The past ten years saw income exceed expenditure every year until 2008, with a maximum surplus of Â£60 million in 2007. This was followed by three years where expenditure was greater than income, with a maximum deficit of Â£21 million in 2010. Parishes have responded well in curtailing expenditure, with the result that in 2013 there was a surplus of Â£33 million (Table 1).