Andrew Rosindell M.P. has welcomed new analysis showing that local authorities across Londonhave so far received an extra £1,355 to support vital local services during the Covid-19 pandemic, with further funding confirmed for next year.
Over half of this funding has not been ringfenced, meaning local leaders can decide how to use the additional funds and which local services to boost investment to. This could include counselling services, delivering essential supplies to vulnerable families, and ensuring cherished green spaces are well maintained and covid-secure.
Local authorities have also received over £2 billion in further grant funding since March last year to deliver specific schemes, such as providing emergency support for rough sleepers, preventing children going hungry, setting up local test and trace services and measures to make care homes, high streets and town centres Covid-secure.
In total, the Government has provided local authorities across England with more than £7 billion in additional support and introduced a range of measures to help council’s manage pressures on their finances created by the pandemic, worth billions more. A further £3 billion will be allocated to councils from April onwards.
Andrew Rosindell M.P. said:
“Havering Council, under the leadership of Damian White and Havering Conservatives, has done an incredible job providing local services and keeping people safe under the most difficult of circumstances, but it has faced financial difficulties, like councils across the country.
That’s why I am delighted that the Government, which I am proud to support, has supported council leaders across London, including Havering with an extra £1,355 billion since March last year, helping to protect vital services and ensure our council has the resources it needs to support our community."
Secretary of State of Housing, Communities and Local Government Robert Jenrick M.P. said:
“From the start of the pandemic, we committed to ensuring that councils had the resources they needed to step up and support their communities.
That commitment remains undimmed, which is why we have provided councils with more than £7 billion of additional funding for Covid-19 expenditure, and will continue to ensure they have the resources they need to provide vital local services and held their communities build back better from the pandemic.”