LISTED PLACES OF WORSHIP SCHEME - TRANSFER TO NEW SUPPLIER
Please note that from 1st June 2014 existing applications and any new applications will be handled by:
160 Bath Street
Telephone number: 0800 500 3009
From 1 June, claims can be submitted in three ways:
- The application form can be completed and emailed to Topmark at the address below, along with electronic copies or scans of any supporting invoices or documentation.
- The application form can be emailed and invoices or other supporting documentation sent by post.
- The application form can be completed by hand and sent by post along with other documentation.
You will be able to download the application form from http://www.lpwscheme.org.uk/lpw_application_form.pdf however if you require a paper version of the form please call 0800 500 3009 (from 1 June) for further assistance or alternatively, send an email to:
From 1 June any new applications or queries should also be sent to this email address.
You will not need to re-submit any claims which are already in process, as all information will be transferred. Post sent to the old Newport address will be re-directed until the autumn.
HMRC have advised that that hearing/induction loops when installed in a place of worship are eligible for the zero rate of VAT. Claims for this work are therefore not eligible for a grant from the Listed Places of Worship grant scheme and applicants should speak to contractors to ensure they are charged VAT at the correct rate.
*** BREAKING NEWS
Extension of the Listed Places of Worship
The Government recently announced changes to the scope and operation of the Listed Places of Worship grant scheme, these changes came into effect on 1 October 2013. From this date, works to pipe organs, turret clocks, bells and bell ropes are eligible for claims under the scheme. Professional services directly related to eligible building work such as architect fees are also eligible.
Also from 1 October 2013, applications to make use of the scheme are accepted from religious or charitable groups whose principal or primary purpose is to conserve, repair and maintain redundant listed places of worship are not in private ownership.
The changes to scope will be accompanied by administrative changes to simplify claiming through the scheme:
- In any twelve month period, each place of worship may submit one claim using eligible invoices with a value of less than £1000, but more than £500 (excluding the VAT paid). This is in addition to an unlimited number of claims where the value of eligible work carried out (excluding VAT) is £1000 or greater
- Scanned or photocopied invoices are now accepted to
- The scheme will process payment runs each week to deliver
a smoother flow of payments to applicants. This will result
in most applicants receiving their grant more quickly.
Full details of all changes and how they will apply are detailed throughout this website. New application forms and guidance documents can also be downloaded using the left hand menu options.
The Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme makes grants towards the VAT incurred in making repairs and carrying out alterations to listed buildings mainly used for public worship. The scheme has an annual budget of £42m, and presently receives around 4000 claims each year.
The expansion to include professional fees and works to pipe organs, turret clocks, bells and bell ropes applies to works supplied on or after 1 October 2013.
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arrangements for alterations underway prior to 21 March
Under transitional arrangements VAT zero-rating continues
to apply until 30 September 2015 for certain approved alterations
where either a 'relevant consent' was applied for before
21 March 2012 or a written contract was entered into before
21 March 2012. More information is available in HMRC's Information
Sheet 10/12. Please
click here for details
Where the work performed qualifies for zero-rating under the
transitional rules and your builder has charged VAT in error,
the VAT cannot be reclaimed through the Listed Places of Worship
Grant Scheme. Your builder should instead consult HMRC's public
notice 700/45 on How to correct VAT errors and make adjustments
of claims. Please
click here for details