Local Government Finance: Oldham

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 15th October 2020.

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Photo of Jim McMahon Jim McMahon Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of the response to the covid-19 outbreak on the (a) (i) direct and (ii) indirect costs, (b) income and (c) other liabilities of Oldham council; and how much additional funding his Department has allocated to that local authority (A) for its covid-19 response and (B) to mitigate the effects of the outbreak.

Photo of Luke Hall Luke Hall Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

We are providing local authorities with an unprecedented package of support, including over £4.8 billion in funding for?spending?pressures, comprising of £3.7 billion of un-ringfenced grants and over £1.1 billion for the Infection Control Fund.

Oldham has received £16.64 million from the three rounds of unringfenced grants. Oldham has received £4.6 million from the Infection Control Fund.

In total, over £28 billion has been committed to local areas to support councils, businesses and communities across government. This comprehensive package of support includes direct financial support and cashflow measures for councils, bus and tram services, support for the homeless and both grants and rates reliefs for businesses, as well as several other grants.

In addition the Prime Minister has announced a further £1 billion of funding for local authorities, details of which will be announced shortly.

We will continue to monitor the impact of Covid-19 on local government and are taking steps to address and support individuals and local authorities.

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