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Policies for churches/charities – trustee expenses

Amount: £10.00

The area of trustee expenses is a particular focus of the Charity Commission. Where this area is managed well, it serves to protect the reputation of the church/charity, and the individuals for whom expenses are paid. It also alleviates public concern on abuse in positions of authority. A good policy will support the trustees as they volunteer for the church/charity, and will set clear expectations for reimbursement of appropriate expenses. This template policy and its associated guidelines provide the basis of a trustee expenses policy and can be easily adapted by churches and charities to fit their own particular situation.

Topics included:

  • Why is it important for churches and Christian charities to have a trustee expenses policy?
  • What type of payments should NOT be paid to trustees and what constitutes a legitimate expense?
  • What processes should the church/charity put in place to authorise, manage and report trustee expenses?
  • What constitutes an appropriate level for the different categories of expense?
  • What steps should churches and charities take in training their trustees, finance team and managers/leaders in the area of trustee expenses?

Updated July 2023


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