Councils to receive £1.6bn more funding for coronavirus (COVID-19)

Councils to receive £1.6bn more funding for coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick, has written a letter to thank local government workers for their support to communities during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The letter confirms an additional £1.6bn of funding to local governments across England, taking the total given to councils to help with effects of coronavirus to £3.2bn. An extra amount of £300m will also be allocated to the devolved administrations, namely £155m for Scotland, £95m for Wales and £50m for Northern Ireland. Councils will have freedom to decide how to spend the funds.

The Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government recommends the funding be used to:

• get rough sleepers off the street

• support shielding programmes for the clinically extremely vulnerable

• provide assistance to emergency services, adult social care and children’s services

Allocations to individual local authorities should follow as soon as practicable.

Read the letter here.

Sources:

• Government pledges extra £1.6 billion for councils

• Coronavirus (COVID-19): letter from the Secretary of State to the local government workforce

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