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Church and community supplies
The Churches Purchasing Scheme (otherwise known as CPS and part of Ecclesiastical) is there to help you and your church.
The range of products and services on offer includes:
• Church supplies – altar breads, wine, hosts, candles and communion
• Fire prevention equipment and maintenance – a range of fire safety
equipment and a discounted fire safety package that provides the maintenance of fire extinguishers. Some churches have saved up to 50%.
David Smallwood of St Luke’s Church in York said, “After speaking to CPS, I realised the church could save £1,300 over five years. I also found the staff very helpful in helping me make the correct choice of equipment.”
• Security products – discounted SmartWater, anti-climb paint, the new
roof security system for metal theft prevention and more.
For more information, please call the friendly CPS team on 0845 458 4584 or visit www.cpsonline.co.uk
Ecclesiastical have two Risk Control Surveyors who support our Scottish Episcopal Church customers. They are John Hannah and Carol Fraser.
They fully appreciate the challenges facing many churches. Specialist training enables them to provide unique valuation advice, which assists customers in deciding the most appropriate way to insure their church property to suit individual circumstances.
In addition, they can provide risk management guidance on subjects such as fire, security and health and safety.
If you are an existing Ecclesiastical customer and would like some advice, please contact John on 07771 913 237 or Carol on 07785 905 629 and they would be happy to help you.
If you are not an existing Ecclesiastical customer and would like us to provide a competitive insurance quotation, please call us on 0845 777 3322. We would be delighted to help you.
Do you have pew panel heaters in your church?
A recent fire in a church has drawn attention to the need to ensure that pew panel heaters are regularly tested and maintained. In particular the thermal cut- out devices which prevent temperatures rising above 70˚C should be checked to ensure they are still operational.
In this particular case, the electrics had been checked last year but the heater itself is thought to have been over 30 years old. Churches should seriously consider replacing electrical equipment of such age. The church was lucky as the fire was contained, but it still caused extensive smoke and heat damage.
For further advice, please contact your local Risk Control Surveyor.
VAT– some good news for you
You will be aware that the government increased the rate of Value Added Tax (VAT) from 17.5% to 20% from 4 January 2011. This has an impact on the sums insured for church buildings, as repairs are subject to VAT.
We are very conscious of the difficult financial position that many churches find themselves in and also the wider implications for the financial wellbeing of the Scottish Episcopal Church.
While we are not in any way immune to such financial pressures, because of our unique understanding of the Church we are keen to assist wherever possible. We have therefore automatically increased the sums insured for all church buildings currently in use for worship to reflect the new level of VAT for policy renewals from 4 January 2011, without any charge to you.
We hope that this will be of real benefit to churches.
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