Government Gives Another Boost to Councils to Fight Coronavirus

The Government has delivered another vital cash injection to councils across the country as they battle the coronavirus crisis. 

Councils are set to receive an additional £1.6 billion in funding to make sure local authorities can continue to support their communities and deliver vital services. 
This funding is in addition to the £1.6 billion already delivered in March, taking the total additional funding to £3.2 billion. 
Derby City Council will receive an additional £7,084,069 pounds on top of the £7,668,688 already received, taking the total increase to £14,752,757. 
Derbyshire County Council is to  receive an additional £14,111,122, building upon the £22,996,067. The total funding increase for Derbyshire County Council now sits at £37,107,189. 

The additional support will mean councils can continue to provide essential services, such as adult social care and children’s services, while also providing support to people impacted by the coronavirus. This includes protecting rough sleepers, with 90 per cent of rough sleepers offered safe accommodation so far, establishing shielding programmes for clinically extremely vulnerable people and ensuring there is additional support available across a range of other vital council services.

This announcement builds on other government measures, including allowing councils to defer the payment of business rates to central government and providing them with a combined £850 million in up front social care grants, that will help with their cash flows so they can continue to deliver vital services.  

The funding increases have been welcomed by Amanda Solloway, the Member of Parliament for Derby North. 

Commenting, Amanda said: 

“Demand for council services has increased as a result of coronavirus, and it is absolutely vital that the Government steps in to make sure they have the resources to continue delivering the high-quality services that my constituents in Derby North need and deserve. 

This funding increase show, again, that the Government is taking their responsibilities seriously and is welcomed by both my constituents and me.”