The impact will be particularly acute on older buildings. Lincoln cathedral, which dates from the 12th century, receives around a quarter of its income for conservation work from English Heritage.
The cathedral is currently in the middle of extensive conservation work, with the building suffering from water leaking through roofs, rotting timber and falling masonry.
Carol Heidschuster, the Clericus Fabricae, or works manager, at the cathedral said that the loss of the grants could not come at a worst time.
A representative from English Heritage contacted me to clarify the issue:
…we are not cuttings grants to cathedrals, we are just ending a grants scheme in which money is ring-fenced for cathedrals. This money will be re-allocated to regional grants, which cathedrals can still apply for.
In specific regard to Lincoln cathedral, mentioned in the Sunday Telegraph article quoted above:
Lincoln Cathedral is a good example of a cathedral that has fabric at genuine risk of loss and will, we expect, be a high priority for English Heritage funding in the future, as it has been in the past.