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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:


Accrual accountsAssociated charitiesCharity registration
Annual reportCopyrightChurch insurance
BookkeepingFundraising regulationsData protection (GDPR)
BudgetsInvesting church fundsHealth and safety
Employment issuesStewardshipIT in churches
Independent examsTax efficient givingProperty development
Internal controlsRisk assessment


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