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Changes announced to Roof Repair Scheme

14 January 2015

The Church Buildings team has an exciting announcement about changes to the Roof Repair Fund.

We are writing with the excellent news that the Roof Repair Fund administrators have revised their criteria for eligibility in respect of lead theft.

The administrators have advised as follows:
'I can confirm NHMF's willingness to relax further our policy on applications to the LPOW: Roof Repair Fund for projects that involve metal theft remediation. We will now consider applications for the replacement of stolen metal, where insurance cover was in place, but where pay-outs were capped below the full reinstatement value. In such cases, we must insist that the applications are supported with a letter from the insurer, confirming that all capital works paid for through the Roof Repair Fund will be adequately insured in the future to cover the full cost of reinstatement should further thefts occur. I also repeat our willingness to consider reasonable costs for anti-theft security measures in any grant application. This change would be meaningless without a change to the existing cap on insurance, so we are extremely pleased to say that the Church Buildings Council have been working hard with Ecclesiastical Insurance Group to revise its policy in respect of caps on metal theft.'

We are expecting official notice within the next few days regarding the full extent of the changes it will be introducing.

While the Roof Repair Fund official line has changed, parishes may need to wait a few days before confirming insurance cover with EIG: however, this should not prevent you from starting work on other aspects of their application in the meantime.

The scheme only covers like-for-like replacement but they will look at funding roof alarms.

Bishop Christopher has expressed his delight in this new amendment. "I'm absolutely delighted that the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the National Heritage Memorial Fund have put in place a scheme which will allow church communities once again to concentrate on their core mission of being a force for good in their parish, and not to have to worry about keeping the roof on their church. "However, we recognise the urgency in getting applications submitted in the next two weeks, and if parishes need particular advice on their application, they are encouraged to contact the diocese's church buildings team quickly to meet the short deadline."

The link to the website for application forms and more information is www.lpowroof.org.uk. The deadline for applications is 30th January. Church Buildings Team - 01522 504046