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Bishop of Peter­bor­ough pub­lishes his ‘Charge’

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@peter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

A dozen jobs have been lost at Peter­bor­ough Cathe­dral as part of cash sav­ing mea­sures to ad­dress a fi­nan­cial cri­sis at the iconic build­ing. A ma­jor­ity of the job cuts have been made as peo­ple left the cathe­dral through re­tire­ment or other op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The news was re­vealed by Bish­opofPeter­bor­ough, theRt RevDon­aldAl­lis­ter, ashep­ub­lished his Vis­i­ta­tion Charge to Peter­bor­ough Cathe­dral. The Bishop launched the Vis­i­ta­tion – an in­quiry into why the cathe­dral had got into fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties – back in the au­tumn.

He­said: “This wasn’t about at­tribut­ing blame. It was to help the cathe­dral get things onto a bet­ter foot­ing for the fu­ture.”

He has heard ev­i­dence from ac­coun­tancy and other ex­perts, and has now moved the Vis­i­ta­tion process on to its fi­nal stage by is­su­ing his “Charge.” This is a le­gal doc­u­ment, in­struct­ing the Chap­ter – the cathe­dral’s gov­ern­ing body– what­step­sit­must­take.

Bishop Don­ald said: “I am con­fi­den­twe­canget­this­right.

“The cathe­dral has re­ceived fi­nan­cial and man­age­ment sup­port, and un­der the Act­ing Dean, CanonJonathan Baker, the Chap­ter is mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion. Sadly, somere­dun­dan­cieshave­been nec­es­sary, and some prop­erty sales, but debts are now be­ing paid more quickly. There is still hard work ahead, and more­toughde­ci­sions, but the cathe­dral will be able to carry on with its vi­tal work. We are now be­gin­ning the process of ap­point­ing a new Dean – a se­nior cler­gyper­son who will chair the Chap­ter – and I am con­fi­dent that Peter­bor­ough Cathe­dral has a good fu­ture and can look for­ward to its 900thanniver­saryin2018.”

Canon Jonathan Baker, the Act­ing Dean, said: “We wel­come Bishop Don­ald’s Charge and the Chap­ter has al­ready be­gun to im­ple­ment a num­beroftheDirec­tions he has made. We are grate­ful for the con­tin­u­ing sup­port of the ChurchCom­mis­sion­er­saswe work­to­ward­sasus­tain­able fi­nan­cial fu­ture.”

A spokes­woman for the cathe­dral said many of the re­dun­dan­cies were part-time jobs. She said about half of the re­dun­dan­cies have been achieved by not re­cruit­ing for jobs as peo­ple have left for other ca­reer moves or re­tire­ment. The cuts have been made in sev­eral ar­eas in­clud­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion, hos­pi­tal­ity, verg­ers and wel­com­ers.

Bishop of Peter­bor­ough, Rt Revd Don­ald Al­lis­ter

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