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Taylor Review Pilot

03 October 2018

The Taylor Review Pilot launched on 3 September 2018 and will run until March 2020. It will explore some of the recommendations from the English Cathedrals and Churches Sustainability and Funding Review.

The Taylor Review was commissioned in April 2016, reporting to the Chancellor and Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The review's aim was to examine the funding and sustainability of listed Church of England buildings and ensure that they are conserved for future generations.

Summary of the pilot
We're administering the Taylor Review Pilot on behalf of the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The pilot is restricted to places of worship in Greater Manchester and Suffolk.

The pilot has four main elements:

  • 2 x fabric support officers (one each in Greater Manchester and Suffolk)
  • 2 x community development advisers (one each in Greater Manchester and Suffolk)
  • Workshops on maintenance and in community engagement in both areas
  • A minor repairs fund in both areas

The pilot is open to all faith groups who manage listed places of worship and meet the eligibility criteria. The fabric support officers will focus on helping congregations with maintenance and repair of historic fabric. They will also work with those applying for a minor repairs fund grant. The community development advisers will help to increase engagement beyond the worshipping community in both an urban and rural context.

The workshops will promoting best practice in the maintenance of historic buildings and the value of developing strong links with the local community.

The minor repairs fund aims to address the physical deterioration of historic fabric by encouraging a ‘stitch in time’ approach to doing urgent minor repairs to reduce the likelihood of a building becoming ‘at risk’.

For further information on any of the above, or to sign up for email updates, please contact us at taylorpilot@HistoricEngland.org.uk.