The Dean of Lichfield has welcomed George Osborne’s plans for a £20million fund for improvements to cathedrals.
The Chancellor announced the money would be available in his budget statement yesterday (March 16).
Lichfield Cathedral has recently completed work on a lighting and rewiring project after being awarded £800,000 in the last round of funding.
The Very Rev’d Adrian Dorber, Dean of Lichfield and chair of the Association of English Cathedrals, said the new commitment would help preserve a number of historic sites.
“We are deeply grateful to the Government for the pledge of continuing funding for cathedral repairs,” he said.
“Every cathedral faces steep challenges in keeping this great collection of inspiring and historic buildings safely and properly, whereby we can continue to welcome nearly a quarter of the English population every year.
“Cathedrals play an important role as community hubs – they foster volunteering, music making, public debate and social action, alongside their primary task of worship and prayer. We also play a role in economic regeneration and are increasingly recognised as important contributors to local and regional economies.
“What we spend on repairs helps us sustain craft skills and local employment.
“We congratulate the Chancellor on helping us steward and sustain a key national asset.”