Government confirms allocations of £1.6bn funding boost for councils dealing with impact of COVID-19

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Individual councils in England have had their funding allocations confirmed following Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick’s announcement of £1.6bn in additional funding.

The funding means councils in England will be provided with over £3.2bn to deal with the immediate impacts of coronavirus.

During the pandemic, councils are playing a crucial role and this extra funding will help them to continue to deliver frontline services and support to those who need it most, as well as meeting new pressures.

Their work includes getting rough sleepers off the streets, supporting clinically vulnerable people and providing assistance for public health workforce.

The funding will be distributed to councils across England based on their population and the latest assessment on the challenges they are facing.

The split of funding between county and district councils also reflects the financial pressure being felt by councils as a result of residents doing the right thing and staying at home, rather than using services including car parks and leisure facilities. A clear majority of district councils will now receive more than £1m of additional funding to ensure they are fully supported.

Local Government Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said: “Councils are playing a central role in our national fight against coronavirus and the government continues to back them at this challenging time. That’s why I announced an extra £3.2bn of support for councils to help them to continue their extraordinary efforts.

“Today I’m setting out how the latest £1.6bn of this will be allocated to councils in the fairest way possible, recognising the latest and best assessment of the pressures they face. We are backing local district councils and a clear majority will receive at least £1m in additional funding.”

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