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New in post: Arriving and settling in

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Key contacts and area structures

The Area Dean will normally be the first point of reference for most day-to-day matters and also for the arrangements of the Induction/Collation/Licensing. Your Area Director of Training and Development is also an excellent resource and will be able to assist with most other queries.

Initial training requirements

All new incumbents are also expected to complete the following four courses within the first two years in post.


Once you have been appointed to your new post, you can claim for the removal grant using this form. More information on the grants is below, and additional financial support details are in the Clergy Terms of Service.

The policy on, and current rates of grants for, removal and resettlement can be found in the Stipend scales, removal grants and fees article.

The Diocese pays the following grants to clergy:

Removal Grants and Expenses

When moving into a vicarage or Diocesan property, the Diocese will pay reasonable removal expenses. Applicants are required to obtain at least three written quotations including insurance if required as this is not provided separately through the Diocese.  (Please note that your household insurance may cover removals).  One quotation should be from a national firm such as Britannia or Pickfords.  Removal grants are normally limited to a single move and do not cover specialist items such as grand pianos, fine art or chandeliers.  Removal grants of more than £5,000 need advance approval of an Archdeacon otherwise the grant will be capped to £5,000.

For international moves, the Diocese will meet the removal costs from the port of entry in the UK.

Grants are administered by Elaine Saunders at the Diocesan Office.

Resettlement Grant

The Diocese pays a resettlement grant which is 10% of the National Minimum Stipend.  This is in addition to any first or second appointment grant payable.

First Appointment Grant

The diocese pays a First Appointment Grant which is equal to 10% of the National Minimum Stipend to Training Curates taking up their first title post and is towards the cost of robes, theological books and any other equipment that they need for the new appointment.

First Incumbency Grant

The diocese pays a First Appointment Grant which is equal to 10% of the National Minimum Stipend to clergy taking up their first parochial appointment after training, whether that is as incumbent, priest in charge, associate or a second curacy. This is towards the cost of setting up home for the first time in a house of the size normally provided for an incumbent or post of equivalent status.

Locally Supported Ministry

No grants will be provided by the LDF.  The responsibility for paying a removal grant rests with the PCC.   Resettlement Grants should be paid by the GCC/PCC at the same rate as for centrally supported clergy.


Please note that removal and resettlement grants may be treated as taxable income in certain circumstances.  Further information can be found on the Church of England website.

Additional resources

More information about how the Diocese and its teams work can be found by following the links below.

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