New money for church repairs

Many more historic churches will be able to complete essential repairs thanks to an additional £40 million included in today’s Budget.

The Bishop of Worcester, Rt Revd Dr John Inge, lead bishop for cathedrals and church buildings said:

“We are enormously grateful to the Chancellor for the generous promise of more funding following the heavily oversubscribed Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund and First World War Centenary Cathedral Repair Fund. The nation’s churches and cathedrals are irreplaceable historic buildings which are important both to worshippers and the wider communities. This new funding will mean that many more parishes will be able to complete essential repairs to their churches to continue to serve their communities well into the future.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Revd Justin Welby responded to the announcement on Twitter, saying:

“Trebling of money for church repairs will create local skilled jobs, improve community facilities and protect heritage, most welcome”

The announcement of additional funding for the urgent repair of roofs and rainwater goods on church buildings was made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his Budget speech today. This follows the £15 million announced for the Roof Repair Fund in the 2014 Autumn Statement and £20 million for the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repair Fund announced in the 2014 Budget. It is a welcome response to overwhelming demand, demonstrated when 1,900 responses were received from listed places of worship of all faiths and denominations across the UK during an eight-week application period for the church Roof Repair Fund.

Janet Gough, Director of ChurchCare said:
“We extend our thanks to the National Heritage Memorial Fund, who have made every effort to fulfil the church Roof Repair Fund grant assessments in an extremely tight timeframe, following the overwhelming demand.”