CONGREGATIONS at places of worship have until August 9 to apply for a slice of a £3.2million fund to help improve security at buildings of faith.
Southport MP Damien Moore has written to places of worship in the local community, setting out details of the government’s Places of Worship Protective Security Fund. It helps with funding to improve physical security - such as more secure gates, locks, alarms and CCTV in order to deter and prevent hate crime attacks.
Mr Moore said: “I believe that everyone in Southport has the right to worship where they want without fear of attack or hateful discrimination. Since this fund was launched I am pleased to see that it has helped dozens of churches, mosques, gurdwaras and Hindu temples to make themselves more secure. We are here to help.
“I would urge any place of worship in Southport that feels at risk from hate crimes or attack to please apply for this important funding.
“Places of worship in Southport were able to reopen for private prayer and I know from my correspondence that this is something which will provide great comfort to so many people at this time. I hope to see more restrictions on our places of worship eased as cases of Coronavirus continue to fall.
“The pandemic has reminded us all of the importance of faith to so many residents, in many different ways.
Applyy at www.gov.uk/guidance/places-of-worship-security-funding-scheme