Council handed £2.5m to help pay virus shortfalls

Council handed £2.5m to help pay virus shortfalls

by Danielle Thompson (July 2020)

MORE than £2.5million will be given to Sefton Council to help the local authority to pay for its response to the coronavirus.

Southport MP Damien Moore has welcomed the announcement that Sefton Council will receive a further £2,569,782 from the government, as part of a £500 million package of additional support for local authorities across England.

The funding, says Mr Moore, will ensure the council can continue to ‘deliver crucial frontline services, support those most in need and continue delivering for residents’.

In total, since the pandemic began, Sefton Council will have now received an additional £20,124,039. This additional support forms part of a comprehensive package of government support to help councils respond to the pandemic, including a new scheme to help councils recover lost income from car parks and museums, which have been shut during the lockdown.

The government has also announced a co-payment scheme that will compensate councils for irrecoverable income losses from sales, fees and charges. To enable them to get on the front foot and build much-needed breathing space into their budgets, the government is also allowing them to spread their tax deficits over three years rather than the usual one year. This will allow authorities to pay deficits off in a reasonable timescale and will limit their cashflow pressures, said Mr Moore.

The MP added: “The staff at Sefton Council have played an heroic role in co-ordinating the local response to the coronavirus and I am sure everyone in our community will join me in thanking them for everything they’ve done under extraordinary circumstances.

“Our government said at the beginning of this crisis that they would stand behind our councils and I’m delighted that they have done, protecting local services and ensuring councils come through this difficult period with stable finances.

“This additional £2,569,782 shows they have continued to listen to local concerns and will protect local services in Southport on which we all rely.”

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