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A new Government scheme to help build a sustainable future for listed places of worship is to be piloted in Manchester and Suffolk, following direct negotions between ChurchCare and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. 

It follows the publication in December last year of the Taylor Review: Sustainability of English Churches and Cathedrals and will focus on urban and rural areas in England. 

The Bishop of Worcester, Dr John Inge said: “Church buildings have always been a crucial part of the community life of this nation and the majority of them provide one or more form of social outreach or community facilities."

“In working with the Government on reviewing their long-term sustainability, it has been gratifying to hear many stories of churches that understand their Christian mission in terms of service to the community.”

The projects, expected to begin in early autumn, will receive a total of £1.8 million over the next two years and funding will be available across different faiths and denominations.

Further details are available in the announcement from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.

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: https://www.hlf.org.uk/about-us/news-features/we-want-hear-you-hlfs-future-direction-and-funding 

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.