Local Government: Coronavirus

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 23rd March 2020.

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Photo of John Cryer John Cryer Labour, Leyton and Wanstead

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions he has had with local authorities on Government financial support for local authorities to tackle covid-19.

Photo of Christopher Pincher Christopher Pincher Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Holding answer received on 23 March 2020

Local authorities have a vital role to play in protecting and supporting their communities during the Covid-19 outbreak.

My Department is in regular contact with the sector about the support they are offering communities. Already the Government is supporting individuals by extending sick pay for those advised to self-isolate and making it easier for them to access benefits. For businesses, we are increasing business rates relief, introducing a new guarantee loan scheme, and developing more bespoke arrangements for firms to repay outstanding tax liabilities.

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