Repairs and Renewals
When making repairs or renewing fabric, it is important to take the following into account.
Repairs or Renewals costing less than £20,000 (excluding VAT and Fees)
- Repairs and renewals which cost less than £20,000 in one year on a particular buildings complex can be undertaken by a congregation without referring to the Property Committee unless the release of funds is required from the Central Fabric Fund.
Repairs or Renewals costing more than £20,000 (excluding VAT and Fees) in one year
- Repairs and/or renewals which will exceed £20,000 for a particular building complex in one year require to be approved by Presbytery. A Presbytery Application form should be completed.
- The sum of £20,000 refers to the cost of works to each building complex. A building complex could be the sanctuary, the manse, the halls. If the sanctuary and halls are linked then this would classify them as one building complex.
Repairs or Renewals costing more than £50,000 (excluding VAT and Fees) over a three-year period
- The General Trustees refer to a spending limit of £50,000 known as “The Financial Limit”. Work that reaches this limit requires permission. This Financial Limit refers to expenditure over a three period (backwards or planned). If Presbytery has approved work which over a three-year period will exceed £50,000 for a buildings complex, permission is required from the General Trustees. (The £50,000 excludes VAT and fees.)
- Application must be made to Presbytery using both the Presbytery Application Form and the General Trustees Forms. The General Trustees will only consider projects that have first been approved by Presbytery.
- If, for example, you need to carry out more than one repair over the course of a year and you discover the second or subsequent repair will take you over the £50,000 threshold (excluding VAT and Fees), you must follow the process for repairs exceeding £50,000 regardless of the cost of the latest repair.