Funding boost provides councils with certainty to plan for year ahead with £51bn funding package

UK Parliament

Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick has confirmed today that councils across England will have access to £51.3bn next year to help the UK recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

This represents a £2.3bn increase on this year – including access to an extra £1bn for social care to help support vulnerable adults and children.

This funding package gives councils the resources they need to continue to deliver services and support their communities during the pandemic. It will also enable councils to help schools and local businesses to reopen safely.

Final allocations for the £670 million fund to enable councils to continue reducing council tax bills for those least able to pay, have also been confirmed today, helping households impacted financially by the pandemic

Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick said: “Councils have played a key role during the pandemic by delivering vital services and supporting the most vulnerable backed with over £8bn of emergency support from government to date.

“Today I am pleased to confirm a £51 billion funding package for next year that increases funding for social care and other vital services by £2.3 billion. We are also giving councils an additional £3 billion boost to the level of COVID support available.”