Church of England Pensions Board

The fund looks to provide the best possible support and care, within available resources, to those who have retired from stipendiary and lay ministry within the Church of England, and to their dependants, through the provision of retirement and supported housing, and through discretionary grants to ensure beneficiaries have a minimum income standard.

Last updated on 11 March 2018

Who is eligible?

Supplementary pensions are available to retired Clergy whose income falls below our Income Standard, which we set and review each year.

Among eligible are people over the age of 65 who are retired clergy and licensed layworkers of the Church of England, their widows, widowers and dependants.

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How to apply?

For all enquiries and to request an application form please contact the Board directly. 

Contact details are available here:

Other information

Retirement Housing

Around one in four clergy retiring from the stipendiary ministry seeks our assistance in the provision of retirement housing.

The purpose of the retirement housing scheme - the Church Housing Assistance for the Retired Ministry (CHARM) - is to assist those stipendiary clergy who have been unable to make their own provision for somewhere to live in retirement.

CHARM is a discretionary facility and its operation is subsidised partly by the wider Church of England through Vote 5 of the Archbishops' Council's Budget.

Property is available either to rent from the Board, or to purchase in partnership with the Board through a shared ownership scheme.

In total, the Board assists around 3,000 retired clergy households with their housing needs.

Supported Housing, Nursing and Dementia Care

The Board maintains seven Christian retirement communities to house Church pensioners who want to live as independently as possible but with access to support services. In addition, there is a care home and two specialist dementia care units at Manormead, Surrey.

At the centre of each community is the liturgical and spiritual life of the Church of England. As well as a self-contained flat, residents enjoy use of dining facilities, a library, communal grounds and a chapel.

Contact details

Church of England Pensions Board
PO Box 2026
Telephone: 0207 898 1802