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Pledge to help church leaders keep a roof over their heads

January 13, 2015

CHURCH leaders in Walsall have been urged to take advantage of a special £15 million fund specially designed to aid the repair of their buildings.

I have notified churches in my constituency of the opportunities which could be available to them.

The Chancellor has recognised what a national asset our historic churches are and has set aside the £15 million fund for the repair of church roofs and gutterings on vulnerable buildings.

The scheme is open to any listed church where roof and guttering repairs have been identified as urgent and necessary.  So the building does not have to be on the heritage risk register.

Churches are such a focal point for our local communities and we should do our upmost to protect them. I have written to all the churches in Walsall South to ensure they are aware of the scheme and how the money might be of benefit to them. I have also made myself available to help with the applications in any way I can.

I would applaud the Chancellor for committing funds to such repairs at a time when we are all too aware of the pressure on budgets.St Matthews

Eligible parishes can make applications for grants of between £10,000 and £100,000. Applications must be submitted by January 30, 2015.

Grants will be allocated after March 31.The National Heritage Memorial Fund (www.nhmf.org.uk) is administering the scheme and details about the fund are also available at the ChurchCare website – www.churchcare.co.uk.

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