January 22, 2006
Days after an appeal for £60 million to save dilapidated churches, it emerged yesterday that the Church of England is to spend £2.5 million [$4.4 million] for a new home for the Bishop of Oxford.
Pullens End, the home of the novelist Angela Huth for the past 30 years, is an eight-bedroom Victorian house set in an acre and a half of grounds about a mile from the city centre.
… [The] bishop will, like all his colleagues, live rent-free, which is a just as well because mortgage repayments on a house the price of Pullens End would be more than £16,000 a month; local estate agents estimate that it would cost £9,000 a month to rent it on the open market. A bishop of the Church of England earns about £40,000 a year.
The Church Commissioners are under fire for selling low-cost housing for key workers. One campaigner, Brendon Mooney, a palliative care worker, said: “It’s disgraceful and the Church of England should be ashamed of itself. Homes for single mothers, the elderly and key workers are a greater priority than the Bishop of Oxford.”
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