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Local Government Finance: Coronavirus

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 6th May 2020.

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Photo of Angela Eagle Angela Eagle Labour, Wallasey

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, for what reason his Department changed the funding allocation formula for local authorities during the covid-19 outbreak from the cost of social care needs to population figures.

Photo of Simon Clarke Simon Clarke Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

MHCLG continues to work closely with local authorities to manage the impacts of Covid-19 on the most vulnerable in our society.

We are supporting authorities in the fight against coronavirus with over £3.2 billion of additional funding. Our engagement with local councils and latest assessment shows that Covid-19 pressures are not necessarily related to pre-existing needs.  The per capita allocation for the second wave of funding represents a fair and balanced response to the national effort in tackling coronavirus. Furthermore, both waves of allocations need to be seen together.

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