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Govt amends Listed Places of Worship scheme: The Church of England Newspaper, October 4, 2013 p 4. October 15, 2013

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The Government has changed the Listed Places of Worship grant scheme enabling parishes to claim VAT back on repairs and alterations to bells and bell ropes, pipe organs and turret clocks. . Professional services such as architect fees that are related to eligible building work will also become eligible when the changes come into effect on 1 October 2013.

The new regulations are also supposed to simplify the claims process and shorten the time it takes for the government to disburse funds. In any twelve month period, each place of worship may submit one claim with a value of less than £1000, but more than £500, excluding the VAT paid.  This is in addition to an unlimited number of claims where the value of eligible work carried out is £1000 or greater.

Eve van der Steen, acting Church Buildings Adviser and DAC Secretary for the Diocese of Exeter welcomed the news, noting the items now covered had historically been “very expensive items to repair or restore and this is likely to make a huge difference to PCC’s trying to maintain them for future generations.”

Full details of all these changes, how they will apply and new application forms will be available on the Listed Places of Worship grant scheme website from 1 October 2013. http://www.lpwscheme.org.uk

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