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Churches: Repairs and Maintenance

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what recent discussions the Church Commissioners have had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on heritage grant funding for church repairs. (274612)

Representatives of the Church of England have regularly met with a number of Government Departments, namely HM Treasury, DCLG, DEFRA, Office of the Third Sector in the Cabinet Office and DCMS.

These discussions have culminated in the joint publication of guidance entitled ‘Churches and Faith Buildings: Realising the Potential’. The guidance seeks to help faith groups access existing resources and help funders understand the important role of faith groups in delivering public services. Specifically, it identifies funding for the physical alteration and modification of churches and other faith buildings to ensure they are fit for community use.