Churches 'will need £1bn for repairs in next five years'

Crumbling churches will need £1billion for repairs in the next five years, says Church of England

  • Many of its 16,000 buildings – some of them hundreds of years old – need work done but the Church has a huge deficit in its maintenance funds
  • Scale of problem was revealed by Tory MP Andrew Selous
  • As the second estates commissioner, he speaks for the Church in the Commons

The country’s crumbling parish churches will need £1billion for repairs in the next five years, the Church of England has said.

Many of its 16,000 buildings – some of them hundreds of years old – need work done but the Church has a huge deficit in its maintenance funds.

The scale of the problem was revealed by Tory MP Andrew Selous, who as the second estates commissioner speaks for the Church in the Commons.

The country’s crumbling parish churches will need £1billion for repairs in the next five years, the Church of England has said. Many of its 16,000 buildings – some of them hundreds of years old – need work done but the Church has a huge deficit in its maintenance funds. (Above, St Simon and St Jude Church in the village of Thurcroft, near Rotherham)

He said: ‘At best, parishes currently raise and spend approximately half of that [£1billion] annually, so there remains a significant and growing maintenance deficit on these beautiful and treasured buildings.’

He was responding to a written parliamentary question from Alex Stafford, Tory MP for Rother Valley.

Mr Stafford wants the Government to help fund repairs because the churches ‘are the history of our country’.

Without aid, the situation ‘will get worse’, he said.

The scale of the problem was revealed by Tory MP Andrew Selous, who as the second estates commissioner speaks for the Church in the Commons. (Above, St Simon and St Jude Church)

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