Government confirms allocations of £500m additional funding for councils across the UK

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Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick has today confirmed allocations for individual councils from the £500m of additional support for coronavirus-related spending pressures.

The funding will help councils in England continue to deliver crucial frontline services, support those most in need and meet new spending pressures so they can deliver for residents.

The extra £500m – which brings support for pressures they are facing to £4.3bn – will be distributed to councils based on population and levels of deprivation, and how the costs of delivery of services vary across the country.

The funding is part of a comprehensive package of government support to help councils respond to the pandemic, including an unprecedented new scheme to help councils recover lost income, including from car parks and museums, which have been shut during the lockdown.

Over the last few months, the government has worked closely with councils to understand their needs and provided more than £27bn to help them, businesses in their area and their communities through the pandemic.

Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick said: “Councils are playing a vital role in our national fight against coronavirus, providing a lifeline for so many and supporting communities at a time when they need it most. That’s why we are giving them an extra £500m – taking our total additional funding provided to £4.3bn – and today I am setting out how this will be allocated to councils fairly based on the pressures they have told us they are facing. This comes on top of the co-payment scheme announced last week that will compensate councils for irrecoverable income losses from sales, fees and charges.”

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