£1.8m boost for places of wor­ship

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HIS­TORIC churches and places of wor­ship will be pre­served and en­hanced under a new gov­ern­ment scheme.

Ex­pert ‘ad­vi­sors’ will work across Greater Manch­ester in a two-year £1.8m project.

The gov­ern­ment said the scheme would help cre­ate ‘sus­tain­able fu­tures for listed places of wor­ship’.

All faiths and de­nom­i­na­tions are cov­ered.

Projects are ex­pected to be­gin in early au­tumn and will share the to­tal fund­ing over the next two years.

Manch­ester is one of two pi­lot ar­eas.

A gov­ern­ment re­view last year called for greater com­mu­nity use of church build­ings to help con­gre­ga­tions raise in­come to pay for their up­keep.

Spe­cial ‘fab­ric sup­port of­fi­cers’ will work to give ad­vice and de­velop main­te­nance and re­pair plans.

Her­itage min­is­ter Michael El­lis said: “Bri­tain has an in­cred­i­ble ar­ray of his­toric build­ings im­por­tant to all faiths which tell the story of our shared his­tory and our com­mu­ni­ties.

“How­ever the costs of car­ing for and pro­tect­ing many listed places of wor­ship can be pro­hib­i­tive and lead many to fall into dis­re­pair.

“The in­no­va­tive pi­lots will help un­lock the com­mu­nity po­ten­tial of these build­ings.”

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