The Church of England is calling on congregations to oppose proposals in the Government's March budget which could cost parish churches across the country Â£20m a year.
The Government proposed an abolition of the current VAT exemption on alterations to listed places of worship from October this year. It is believed that 45% of the grade 1 listed buildings in Britain are churches and the move could deter some parishes from undertaking building projects at all.
The CofE has set up an e-petition on the direct.gov website to put pressure on the Government to change its minds. It needs 100,000 signatures to have a chance of this petition being debated in Parliament.
Please consider supporting the e-petition to put pressure on the Government. Impact depends on speed, so please do encourage people to sign up as soon as possible, the deadline is June 30.
Writing to your local MP with local examples will also be effective and a letter has been drafted for you to personalise and sign should you wish which can be downloaded here