Regional Inequality: Local Authority Funding

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 hon. Friend for her question. She is right to say that we have given Wales £5.2 billion of guaranteed up-front funding this year, and we have now confirmed an additional £650 million for the Welsh Government to support public services affected by covid-19. Of course, local government is a devolved responsibility, and it is for the Welsh Government to decide how to use the substantial funds the UK Government are providing them with. I encourage them to meet my hon. Friend to discuss how best to protect the vital public services that she has rightly highlighted on behalf of her community.