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February 07, 2007



That's just disgusting. I've requested a counter petition, I'll report back when/if it's approved.

Tom Rees

I'd be happy to pay for the maintenance of these buildings - so long as the CofE was willing to hand over control of 'multi-use' buildings to the state.

We have a lack of secular space in this country - I speak as a parent who has tried to find a suitable space for a child's birthday party *other* than a church hall. And private enterprise can't compete with the Church in the provision of space because of the enormous tax breaks the church gets (which already amount to massive subsidy as it is).

So let the community pay for the maintenance of these historic buildings, but do away with tax breaks for the church and get them to hand over their shared spaces to the community.

Oh well I can dream...

The Labour Humanist

Spot on Tom - I was going to make this point. I don't want to billed for church repairs, but I were then it's got to be a case of no taxation without representation! As a non-believer if they want to take my money then I want a say in how it's spent. Any community member regardless of belief should be able to be voted onto any committees running these facilites and I want lots of gay discos and atheist drop in clinics ;-)

Tom Rees

Been doing a bit more diggin on this:

"English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) announced on 1 March 2006 a package of grants worth £17.5 million for repairs to 147 Grade I and II* listed churches and chapels across England. Since 2002 £62 million of repair grants has been awarded to more than 700 historic places of worship through the joint scheme, which is the largest single source of funds for work of this kind." http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/ConWebDoc.6181

A list of all the other sources of money - almost all of them taxpayer money: http://www.churchcare.co.uk/fundraising_majorgrantgivers.php

And they want more??? Presumably they want us to pay more for the upkeep of churches that aren't listed. Hardly a "a national asset". Greedy, selfish - and typically christian!


The counter petition is up:


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