Comments: Budget 2012: VAT to be charged at 20 percent on alterations to listed churches

It isn't just churches, but anyone who has the care of a listed building who is potentially facing a problem. Our local authority, for example, has an unused listed building which needs to be brought back into use - that may well involve some alterations, when it eventually happens. There has been no money for this so far, and budgets are tight.

Do open your eyes to local issues and make common cause with others on this if you can.

Posted by Mark Bennet at Saturday, 14 April 2012 at 5:33pm BST

If the bishops proclaimed the Resurrection with as much vigor as they attack this budget proposal the church would not be in decline. if they had spoken up of the ordinary people when the Tories attacked them, they might attract more sympathy now. I do not understand why all this money is being spent on Wakefield cathedral in view of the pending dissolution of the diocese. Even after these changes the CofE enjoys unique privileges which it has not earned

Posted by David at Tuesday, 17 April 2012 at 1:47pm BST

I'd be interested to know what these "unique privileges" are. With the single exception of the automatic places for Bishops in the legislature (in itself not a straightforward privilege, since the legislature has a role in the CofE's internal affairs in a way it does not with any other religious body), I can't think of any. And of course our parishes don't in general benefit from public funding.

Posted by Philip Hobday at Wednesday, 18 April 2012 at 5:19pm BST

"Unexpectedly the Chancellor announced in the Budget that approved alterations to listed buildings - which, unlike repairs and *maintenance* are currently zero-rated"

"This is a real blow to communities who are seeking to *maintain* ... their churches"

(my emphases)

How is it a blow to communities seeking to maintain their churches when maintenance remains zero-rated?

Posted by Laurence C. at Wednesday, 18 April 2012 at 5:33pm BST

For a start the church will have received the lion's share of the £23m made available through the Heritage Lottery Fund http://www.hlf.org.uk/news/Pages/7millionforplacesofworship.aspx

Posted by David at Thursday, 19 April 2012 at 9:39am BST

Just re-read my own post. Doh!

Go to the back of the class, Laurence C. :-)

Posted by Laurence C at Thursday, 19 April 2012 at 2:59pm BST
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