Church of England Diocese of Manchester Eccles

Church Buildings contribute £12.4billion to the UK

19 Oct 2020, 11:30 a.m.
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From foodbanks to credit unions, churches across the UK provide a growing list of essential services for people in urgent need.

We’ve long seen the power of churches to bring communities together and help them thrive. But we’ve never been able to measure it.

For the very first time, our House of Good report quantifies the economic and social value of all church buildings to the UK. Not just the bricks and mortar but the welfare and wellbeing they create in our communities.

This ground-breaking report demonstrates that the total economic and social value that church buildings generate in the UK is at least £12.4 billion per year which averages around £300,000 per church. That is roughly equal to the total NHS spending on mental health in England in 2018.

We believe that these findings are remarkable. They show that our churches are not just Houses of God. They are also Houses of Good – good that we risk losing if church buildings are not kept in good repair, and may never be able to replace.