Ian Paisley MP has welcomed the news from the Chancellor of the Exchequer that the Church Restoration fund that has been made available to churches across the United Kingdom is to be trebled.
The news came as part of the coalition government’s final budget which as presented to parliament by the Chancellor George Osborne on Wednesday.
Mr Paisley commented: “I wrote to the senior figures of every Christian denomination in North Antrim in January when the fund first invited applications. North Antrim is a particularly rural constituency with local churches playing a priceless role within the community both as a place of worship and a place of community activity.
“The Chancellor providing this sort of funding is wonderful news for this area and I hope that all of our Churches who are eligible to apply take full advantage of this wonderful opportunity.”
In 2014 there was a £15 million fund provided for the project but as a result of the overwhelming support for the fund and the number of churches who submitted applications the government increased that figure to £40million for this year.
The DUP MP concluded: “A lot of our churches are in severe need of repair but financial restrictions have resulted in the amount of maintenance a congregation and church body can afford not covering the full extent of the work that needs to be carried out. This programme allows our churches to bridge the gap between available funds and the cost of outgoings and I was delighted to
learn of its extension.”
For further information on funding or to make an application please contact the Cathedral and Church Buildings Division on 0207 8981864.