To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the financial effect on local authorities of responding to the covid-19 outbreak.
The Government has announced a package of additional funding worth over £3.2 billion, alongside introducing a number of measures to support immediate cashflow concerns. This package of support responds to the range of pressures councils have told us they are facing. Additionally, the data that councils have provided to the Department in recent weeks has been crucial in building a picture of what is happening on the front-line. The Department will continue to work with the sector to develop our understanding of the pressures that local authorities are currently facing.