Covid-19: Support for Local Authorities

Part of Treasury – in the House of Commons on 7th July 2020.

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Photo of Gareth Bacon Gareth Bacon Conservative, Orpington

Fears have been expressed that the Government will fully bail out financially poorly managed local authorities, while better managed local authorities, such as the London Borough of Bromley, may have to meet covid-19 shortfalls through their reserves. Will my right hon. Friend offer reassurances on that point? If covid-19 funding shortfalls remain, will he consider allowing a capitalisation directive to enable councils to fund one-off shortfalls through capital receipts or borrowing?