All clergy who do not currently have the freehold will move to a new form of holding office called "Common Tenure" from 1 February 2011.
Those incumbents who have the freehold have a choice as to whether to retain this status or to move to Common Tenure. All new appointments from 1 February 2011 will be on Common Tenure. The national website: www.commontenure.org gives helpful information.
The aim of this diocese is to ensure that the issues and implications of Common Tenure are communicated as widely as possible and that there is widespread consultation on the new policies and procedures. Common Tenure represents a significant change in the conditions of service for clergy with an entitlement for support and development in their ministry.
Consultation group A representative clergy working group are meeting regularly to consider the policies and procedures required under Common Tenure and to give feedback. The names of those in the group and minutes of their meetings are attached. If you have any comments or concerns please contact one of the group and feed these back to them.
The membership of this group is: Chair: Jonathan Gibbs Roger Yates Libby Lane Cheryl Coverley Daniel Howard Julian Heaton Gill Foster Adviser to the Group: Elizabeth Squires Minutes of the last meeting 7 July 2010 Minutes of the meeting 10 May 2010