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The Church Buildings Council is aware that the National Association of Local Councils has recently circulated a briefing note in which they re-state their belief that the 1894 Local Government Act prevents parish councils from spending money on churches. This document lays out the views of the Church Buildings Council on this matter.

The Church Buildings Council, following legal advice, has concluded that the provisions of the Localism Act 2011 and the Local Government Act 1972 allow for all local authorities, including Parish Councils, to contribute to the upkeep of church property under certain circumstances – mainly related to the public benefit achieved.

A comprehensive guidance document, can be viewed/downloaded here.

HLF have launched their consultation on their proposed new approach of targeted funding campaigns, repayable loans and public involvement in decision-making, affecting how National Lottery money will be used to support the UK’s heritage.

The full details of the consultation can be found below and the online form can be completed by anyone: 

The deadline for consultation is the 22nd March 2018. A PDF of the questionnaire is available here and a Word docuement is avaialbe here

We have provided some notes to help you think about the questions, these are not answers to copy – we want you to write in your words – but indications of matters to think about and why. ChurchCare are also seeking to hear from those connected to Parishes, Dioceses or those who have a vested interest in heritage places of worship. Your feedback and thoughts will guide our response to HLF in respect of the issues that might occur in Churches, Cathedrals and Dioceses. 

If you have any thoughts on this matter please email our Office Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Church spires could play a key role in bringing wifi, broadband and mobile access to rural areas through a new agreement between the Church of England and the Government.

The full press release can be read here.

Guidance on this can be found here.

8 tonnes of plastic is dumped in the sea every minute.

Globally, plastics have reached every part of the world’s oceans with the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ thought to be 6 times the size of the UK. 

Through reducing our own use of plastic we can take action, following the fifth mark of mission 'to safeguard the integrity of creation and to sustain the life of the earth'.

Join us in using this day by day Lent Plastics Challenge. Share your experience - successes and frustrations - with others using the Plastic-Less Lent 2018 Facebook page.

We must not be indifferent or resigned to the loss of biodiversity and the destruction of ecosystems, often caused by our irresponsible and selfish behaviour....Because of us, thousands of species will no longer give glory to God by their very existence … We have no such right." “The resolve to live differently should affect our various contributions to shaping the culture and society in which we live,” Pope Francis

The resource has been featured on the BBC website , in the Times, Independent and the New York Times.

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