"Fifteen people have been laid off from the Anglican church's national staff in an attempt to cope with declining income. The church has also announced an interim restructuring of the national office, designed to take the church to next year's  General Synod when long-term directions will be decided". "The layoffs come in the wake of a decision by the National Executive Council last spring to reduce church spending of $13 million this year to less than $11 million in 1995. The restructuring consolidates several church department into three groups. A partnerships group will encompass international partnerships, ecumenical domestic partnerships and relations with native peoples. A resource group will include the former communications department, the Anglican Appeal, Anglican Video, the resource centre and library. The third group, diocesan and regional services, will encompass stewardship and financial development, education, youth, congregational and volunteer development. Other spending cuts announced include cuts in grants to northern dioceses which are reduced by $10,000 a month as of last July, and grants to overseas churches".