Local Government: Coronavirus

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 9th February 2021.

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Photo of Nicola Richards Nicola Richards Conservative, West Bromwich East

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the total amount of financial support provided to each local authority in England during the covid-19 outbreak.

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

MHCLG works with other government departments to ensure local authorities are fully supported to deliver their vital role in the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, we have allocated over £8 billion so far to support local authorities during the pandemic. This includes £7.5 billion allocated directly to councils to address expenditure pressures, and over £500 million of payments from the first round of our sales, fees and charges compensation scheme. This does not include the £3 billion of additional financial support committed to councils for the COVID-19 response in 2021-22.

A full breakdown of the funding we have captured in this assessment is set out below:

Fund Name

Funding (£m)

COVID-19 2020/21 emergency unringfenced funding for LAs (Tranches 1-4)


Contain Outbreak Management Fund


Infection Control Fund


Adult Social Care Rapid Testing Fund


Workforce Capacity Fund for Adult Social Care


Local authority compliance and enforcement grant


Funding to support the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable


Reopening High Streets Safely Fund


Next Steps Accommodation Programme


Emergency Support for Rough Sleepers


Local Authority Emergency Assistance Grant for Food and Essential Supplies


Additional Funding for Home to School Travel


COVID Winter Grant Scheme


SFC Compensation Scheme (first round)




Attached is a breakdown of this £8 billion of funding by region and by local authority. This reflects the department’s current best understanding and further payments will be made to local authorities this financial year in due course including: additional funding from further rounds of the sales, fees and charges scheme; and additional funding that will be provided through the Contain Outbreak Management Fund to tackle the spread of the virus – worth over £225 million a month during the national lockdown.

Also attached is a breakdown in relation to England’s ceremonial counties. For this, the following caveats apply:

  • Ceremonial counties do not necessarily cover the same area as county councils. The area covered by a ceremonial county will include all local authorities within that historical definition of the county. It will include the county council and shire districts, as well as any additional single-tier councils within the area.
  • A small number of standalone fire and rescue authorities cross ceremonial county borders. In these cases, funding is apportioned between the ceremonial counties covered by the fire authority according to population.

Breakdown by region and local authority (docx, 35.0KB)

PQ 144890 Ceremonial counties list (docx, 14.7KB)

PQ 144890 Breakdown by local authority and region (docx, 36.5KB)

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