The Church of England, and other UK faith groups represented by the Churches Main Committee, last week welcomed the UK Government budget announcement made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, that the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme will be expanded to allowed a full Value Added Tax (VAT) refund of 17.5% on all eligible applications for work carried out on listed (protected) church buildings from 1st April 2004 forward.
Commenting on the Budget announcement, the Chairman of the Churches Main Committee, the Bishop of Derby, the Rt Revd Jonathan Bailey said, "As Chairman of the Churches Main Committee, I welcome the Chancellor's announcement...Many historic churches, synagogues and other places of worship throughout the United Kingdom will be grateful for this further recognition of their value. At the same time, we are glad to recognise that the Government continue to press through the European Union for an actual reduction in the VAT rate and we fully support them in their efforts." There are 13,000 listed churches belonging to the Church of England. More here: