Covid-19: Local Authority Support

Housing, Communities and Local Government – in the House of Commons on 22nd February 2021.

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Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers Conservative, Chipping Barnet

What steps his Department is taking to support local authorities during the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Luke Hall Luke Hall Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

The Government have allocated more than £8 billion directly to councils since the start of the pandemic. In addition, councils will receive more than £3 billion of support in 2021-22 for both additional expenditure and loss of income. That takes the total support committed to councils in England to tackle the impacts of covid-19 to more than £11 billion.

Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers Conservative, Chipping Barnet

I sincerely thank Ministers for the substantial financial support they have given to local government at this difficult time. May I appeal to them to continue that, not least to enable local authorities to play their part in supporting people to live healthier lives with more exercise and recreation, so that we can generate the broader health recovery that this outbreak tells us we need?

Photo of Luke Hall Luke Hall Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

I thank my right hon. Friend for that question. She is absolutely right. This is why it is so vital that we have provided a 4.6% cash-terms increase to local government next year—a real-terms increase. I am delighted that in Barnet that means a 5% increase in core spending power—another £14 million next year to spend on local priorities, just as she mentions. Funding and supporting local government, which has been the backbone of our response to covid-19, remain an absolute priority for this Department.