More than £2.5million will be given to Sefton Council to help pay for its response to the coronavirus

More than £2.5million will be given to Sefton Council to help pay for its response to the coronavirus

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.

It 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, which brings support for pressures they are facing to £4.3billion, will ensure councils can continue to deliver crucial front-line 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 an unprecedented new scheme to help councils recover lost income, including from car parks and museums, which have been shut during the lockdown.

In addition, the government has 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. This will allow authorities to pay deficits off in a reasonable timescale and will limit their cashflow pressures.

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick added: “Councils are playing a vital role in our national fight against coronavirus, providing a lifeline for so many and supporting communities at a time when they need it most.

“That’s why we are giving them an extra £500 million – taking our total additional funding provided to £4.3 billion – and today I am setting out how this will be allocated to councils fairly based on the pressures they have told us they are facing.

“This comes on top of the co-payment scheme announced last week that will compensate councils for irrecoverable income losses from sales, fees and charges.”

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