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Churches: Repairs and Maintenance

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 22 January 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to issue a report on funding assistance for the repair of church buildings. (248147)

I have been asked to reply.

Work to finalise a report jointly written by Government Departments and the Church of England is ongoing. Its primary purpose is to explore and address any barriers that exist to places of worship accessing funding to support community action projects.

The report will set out the funding assistance available to faith-based and other third sector organisations to support community initiatives that could be used for enhancements to places of worship.

The report will be published in the coming weeks and I will arrange for copies to be laid in the Libraries of both Houses.