MEMORANDUM BY THE ARCHDEACON OF NORTHUMBERLAND,
THE VENERABLE PETER ELLIOTT (DSW 119)
I write in connection with the current review
of the legislation which established the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme.
My concerns fall under two principle headings
which others will no doubt address more fully then I, but which
I feel it will be incumbent upon the Review Committee to examine
most carefully and recommend appropriate action.
1. The widely held perception that those
who operate the Landfill Tax Credit System are not showing the
degree of transparency and public accountability in their stewardship
as is increasingly expected of all public bodies and organisations.
That full details of grants made are not available, even to those
with particular interest in Section E grants, is little short
of disgraceful and would not be tolerated in any charitable or
2. An apparent arbitrariness in the allocation
of grants which hitherto appears to have precluded any grant aid
to church buildings North of the Tyne and only minimal assistance
within the whole North East Region. This seems extraordinary when
it is this region which contributes significantly to the income
available for distribution.
I have not laboured these points as there are
others better informed and more competent so to do than I, but
any review which does not take these two points seriously into
account will have little credibility in the eyes of those with
responsibility for the built heritage.
Archdeacon of Northumberland
Member of POWAC, English Heritage