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Archaic tax may be answer to Church of England’s repair bill prayers

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This is a bit scary !!

 

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/apr/23/archaic-tax-may-be-answer-to-church-of-englands-repairs-bill-prayers

 

 

However, confusion over chancel repairs liability – which dates back to Henry VIII – ensures only insurers selling cover win!

 

 

 

The growing repair bill faced by the Church of England has an answer when its accountants consider how to keep the rain from damaging ancient parish churches.

 

Extra funds can be found from a charge on local residents known as the chancel repairs liability that affects as many as 40% of England’s homes. This archaic rule, which dates back to Henry VIII’s reign and his dissolution of the monasteries, makes homeowners in about 5,200 parishes liable to pay for repairs to a church’s chancel: the area including the altar, the choir stalls and the roof protecting them

 

 

 

 

 

In 2008, one couple in the West Midlands was forced to pay more than £200,000 towards the upkeep of their parish church after an appeal to the House of Lords failed.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2008/dec/08/church-of-england


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Thought this had been resolved, as all potential claims had to be registered by October 2013 and if not done so, there could be no claim.

 

There is Insurance available against this potential liability for people buying property near a church and last time i checked it was about £100 as a one off premium, with cover lasting 25 years.


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https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/apr/23/cathedrals-in-crisis-fears-of-closure-half-face-big-cash-problems-cofe

 

 

It would be very sad if any of those buildings mentioned in the article above were to be closed or sold to turned into mosques !!


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It would be very sad if any of those buildings mentioned in the article above were to be closed or sold to turned into mosques !!

 

I'd much rather they were turned into a different place of worship or something else that serves the community, than just closed and left to rot, or sold off to be turned into upmarket housing ......

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