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External Guidance: ACAT (Association of Church Accountants and Treasurers)

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ACAT is a membership organisation of church treasurers. The Diocese of London has block membership on behalf of all of the PCCs in the Diocese.

They produce handbooks and run training including day workshops on the basics of being a treasurer (covering all aspects of responsibilities and guidance on good practice) as well as specific Gift Aid/GASDS & IT courses.

Their advisers can be contacted, free of charge, through the website.

PCC treasurers have received a copy of the latest edition (April 2017) of ACAT’s handbook which is also available online through the members’ area of their website (contact your Area Finance Adviser for the username and password to the members’ section).

The handbook covers the following topics:


Treasury Fundraising Administration
Accrual accounts Associated charities Charity registration
Annual report Copyright Church insurance
Bookkeeping Fundraising regulations Data protection (GDPR)
Budgets Investing church funds Health and safety
Employment issues Stewardship IT in churches
Independent exams Tax efficient giving Property development
Internal controls Risk assessment


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