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Guernsey's Anglican Dean worried by funding review

Posted on: August 5, 2011 10:42 AM
Related Categories: England, Winchester

From BBC News website
Guernsey's Anglican Dean has said he is worried about the impact of an ongoing review into church funding.

The island's Parochial Ecclesiastical Rates Review Committee (PERRC) expects to report on the issue this year. 

It will recommend whether the parish churches and rectory buildings should continue to be funded by ratepayers.

The Very Rev Paul Mellor said: "I am very concerned about the built historic heritage. In Guernsey, unlike England, the Church does not own the buildings."

He said greater administration costs in England meant a "deficit of repairs that need doing."

In Guernsey "every penny raised goes to pay the man who puts the nails in the roof", he said.

Canon Mellor said there was a lot of misinformation about what the rates supported.

He said: "It is purely to maintain the historic fabric. None of it goes towards the religious purposes of the buildings.

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