Religious Buildings: Finance

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 15th October 2008.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Labour, Stroud

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions English Heritage has had with representatives of (a) the Baptist Church, (b) the Methodist Church and (c) the United Reformed Church on making funds available for the repair of listed buildings in their ownership.

Photo of Barbara Follett Barbara Follett Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Culture; Minister for the East of England), Department for Culture, Media & Sport

English Heritage has advised that it holds regular discussions with all faith groups and meets the main denominations, including the Baptist Church, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church, more formally through its Places of Worship Forum which sits four times a year. During the last nine months English Heritage's Head of Places of Worship Policy has had individual meetings with representatives of all three denominations. During these meetings funding was discussed in relation to English Heritage's Inspired! campaign. Denominations were also asked to encourage congregations to apply for Repair Grants for Places of Worship.

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