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Churches: Community Development

Question for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

UIN HL10035, tabled on 9 November 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the calculations of the economic contribution made by churches used for community purposes in the report by the National Churches Trust House of Good, published on 18 October; and what social value they attach to the provision in churches of (1) food banks, (2) youth services, (3) mental health services, (4) addiction support services and (5) other community services during the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated national restrictions.

Answered on

23 November 2020

I am aware of the ‘House of Good’ report published recently by the National Churches Trust, on the contribution made by churches.

Churches are a vital community asset as referenced in the Localism Act 2011. Churches and all our places of worship are vital to people’s health and wellbeing. Their role in providing pastoral as well as spiritual support is widely recognised, and the part they play in supporting the most vulnerable in our communities has been brought into sharp focus during the pandemic.

I am grateful for all the support they have given to those who are most vulnerable during these difficult times.