Government support for church repairs continues

Published: Thursday, November 26, 2015

 

The Listed Places of Worship Grants Scheme has been secured for the lifetime of the current Parliament, Chancellor George Osborne announced on 25 November 2015.

Since 2001 the Listed Places of Worship Grants Scheme (LPWGS), which was introduced by Gordon Brown as Chancellor, has provided £171m of funding for listed churches and other places of worship. Up to £42 million of funding will be available from the LPWGS each year until the end of the current Parliament.

It has also been reported that a new round of funding will be made available for the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund. This fund was set up in December 2014 with a total of £55 million available for churches requiring repair work to roofs and rainwater disposal system. More information will be made available about this in the near future. More details

Claire Walker, Chief Executive of the National Churches Trust said: “Continuing support for places of worship from the Listed Places of Worship Grants Scheme and the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund is excellent news for all those involved in ensuring the future of churches and chapels. This will further strengthen the UK's tripartite system of funding church buildings, with money coming from Government and national organisations such as the Heritage Lottery Fund, charities including the National Churches Trust, and local people and congregations. “

“It is, however, important to recognise that very many churches that are important to local community life are unlisted. Since 1953, the National Churches Trust has provided over £90 million of funding – in today’s prices - to help repair and support Christian places of worship and this includes grants to ensure the future of unlisted churches and chapels across the whole of the UK. Thought now needs to be given to how these church buildings can be better supported by national funding schemes as they are unable to benefit from either the Listed Places of Worship Grants Scheme or the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund.”

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