The numbers: The Churches Conservation

The CCT cares for churches no longer needed for regular worship, and promotes their use for educational, arts and community purposes.

Total income: £5.5m for the year ending 31 March 2006, compared with £5.1m for the year before.

Highest salary: One employee was paid £58,000.

Reserves policy: At year-end, the charity had free reserves of just over £600,000, equivalent to about five weeks' unrestricted spending. The trustees say this level of reserves is adequate, although it does not define its reserves policy.

Fundraising costs: The charity spent £96,000 on fundraising and publicity, and its voluntary income was £639,000, giving it a fundraising ratio of 15p in the pound. The previous year's ratio was 19p.

Pension: Pension benefits are provided through the Civil Service Pension Scheme. From 2002, staff may choose between three final-salary schemes, with different employee contribution rates, or a money-purchase scheme.

How performance is communicated: The website ( has a useful FAQ section. The trustees' report and accounts are also available online. The annual review details the charity's performance results. It includes a table listing internal targets and those agreed with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and how the charity has performed against them.

The charity says: "Spending on fundraising and publicity has increased in recent years. With the statutory grants and a grant from the Church of England remaining constant, and the cost of repairs increasing every year, we are under pressure to ensure new funding streams are secured for the future. New income is being sought through donor development, a supporter scheme and fundraising from government and charitable sources for innovative projects."

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