Covid-19: Local Authority Support

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

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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.