2014 Budget funding for Cathedrals

Published: Wednesday, March 19, 2014

 

National Churches Trust says churches, chapels and meeting houses also in need of financial support

Commenting on the announcement in the 2014 Budget of Government funding for Cathedrals, Claire Walker, CEO National Churches Trust said:

"The National Churches Trust warmly welcomes the announcement of £20m funding for Cathedrals in the 2014 Budget. Cathedrals are some of our nation's most important buildings and will rightly play their part in the commemoration of the First World War."

"However, alongside Cathedrals, the United Kingdom has a staggering 47,000 churches, chapels and meeting houses, many of which are also in need of financial support to ensure that their history and architecture can be passed onto future generations."

 "Over the past 60 years the National Churches Trust has provided grants and loans worth over £85 million at today's prices to support church buildings open for regular worship.  Additionally, in recent years, English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund have funded hundreds of millions of pounds of church repairs. But many churches, chapels and meeting houses remain at risk, especially those serving small rural communities."