Local Government Finance: Coronavirus

Treasury written question – answered on 8th July 2020.

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Photo of Sarah Olney Sarah Olney Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on the effect on local government finances of the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Kemi Badenoch Kemi Badenoch The Exchequer Secretary, Minister for Equalities

The Government has provided over £3.7bn in additional grant funding to Councils in England to help them respond to pressures across all their services as a result of Covid-19. The Government has also announced a major new scheme to reimburse councils for their income losses during the pandemic, and is allowing councils to spread their tax deficits over three years rather than the usual one. These measures represent a comprehensive package of support for councils as they respond to Covid-19.

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