Religious Buildings: Repairs and Maintenance

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 22nd September 2017.

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Photo of Lord Beith Lord Beith Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of (1) the Heritage Lottery Fund's Grants for Places of Worship scheme, and (2) the future need to support religious buildings of historic or architectural significance.

Photo of Lord Ashton of Hyde Lord Ashton of Hyde The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

The Heritage Lottery Fund operates at arm’s length from Government and any assessment of what their Grants for Places of Worship programme has achieved is for them to make.

The English Churches and Cathedrals Sustainability Review was announced in 2016 and tasked with delivering a report and recommendations to the Chancellor and Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. This Review has yet to report, however its findings will help to inform any future assessment by Government of the need to support religious buildings of historic or architectural significance.

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