Local Government: Coronavirus

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 21st May 2020.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on the (a) format of support through grants and loans and (b) assessment of need for welfare assistance schemes during the covid-19 outbreak.

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

Local government is an essential part of our response to COVID-19 and has mobilised to help us keep the country moving. We have been working together closely with councils to ensure they have the resources and support they need to support their communities. This has included issuing guidance, including:

To address the pressures councils are facing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic we have now made available £3.2 billion in grant funding, this will be un-ringfenced, recognising local authorities are best placed to decide how to meet the major COVID-19 service pressures in their local area.

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