Britain's places of worship provide a vital service to their local communities but are under threat as never before. They need to be saved for the sake of this and future generations.
We are calling for:
(i) The government to increase funding for the conservation of places of worship.
(ii) Government grants to be introduced to enable listed places of worship to become focal points for the community.
(iii) Planning restrictions to be introduced to prevent disused listed places of worship being turned into pubs or nightclubs.
(iv) Listed places of worship to remain exempt from paying VAT on repair work.
(v) The government to make it easier for listed places of worship to be adapted for community use.
"A good church is a focus for the community in the literal sense of the word - a place which keeps the common life warm and alive."
Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury
"I approve of this campaign - it is important that we all support churches in this country as places of prayer for the benefit of the entire community."
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Archbishop of Westminster
Please support our campaign by signing the online petition below or posting a coupon to: Save Our Churches, The Sunday Telegraph, PO Box 608, SW1W 0XL
- Click here to download a Save Our Churches poster to put up in your local church
- To add your name to the Save Our Churches campain, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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