Covid-19: Support for Local Authorities

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

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Photo of Dan Carden Dan Carden Shadow Financial Secretary (Treasury)

The Prime Minister promised to do whatever it takes, and the Housing Minister told councils:

“spend whatever it takes, the Government will reimburse you”.

Will the Minister reaffirm that pledge? Councils need certainty. Many are already cutting services, and the one-size-fits-all approach simply does not work. Will he further commit to the principle that packages announced by the Government should meet the financial cost of coronavirus, and the social need for those local authorities?