The Parochial Church Councils (Powers) Measure 1956
gave Parochial Church Councils
various miscellaneous powers such as framing an annual budget, power to make levy and collect a voluntary church rate, power jointly with the minister to appoint and dismiss the parish clerk and determine his salary, and the right to make representations to the bishop "with regard to any matter affecting the welfare of the church in the parish
The measure forbade councils from acquiring property or real estate without the consent of the diocesan authority.
It required PCCs to present their accounts annually, and invested bishops with the power to ensure the measure was followed.
The Measure came into effect on January 2, 1957, and repealed the Parochial Church Councils (Powers) Measure 1921 and the Parochial Church Councils (Powers) (Amendment) Measure 1949.