· Councils in West Sussex have received more than £111 million in new funding since March 2020.
· The Government has given councils in England over £7 billion in additional support through the pandemic, with £3 billion more confirmed for next year.
Henry Smith MP has welcomed new analysis showing that local authorities across West Sussex have so far received an extra £111 million to support vital local services during the Covid-19 pandemic, with further funding confirmed for next year.
Over half of this funding has not been ringfenced, meaning local leaders can decide how to use the additional funds and which local services to boost investment to. This could include counselling services, delivering essential supplies to vulnerable families, and ensuring cherished green spaces are well maintained and Covid-secure.
Local authorities have also received over £2 billion in further grant funding since March last year to deliver specific schemes, such as providing emergency support for rough sleepers, preventing children going hungry, setting up local test and trace services and measures to make care homes, high streets and town centres Covid-secure.
In total, the Government has provided local authorities across England with more than £7 billion in additional support and introduced a range of measures to help councils manage pressures on their finances created by the pandemic, worth billions more. A further £3 billion will be allocated to councils from April onwards.
“Councils across West Sussex have done an incredible job providing local services and keeping people safe under the most difficult of circumstances, but we recognise the financial pressures they have faced.
“That’s why I am delighted that this Government has supported council leaders across West Sussex with an extra £111 million since March last year, helping to protect vital services and ensure our local councils have the resources they need to support our community.
“This shows that the Government are delivering on their promise to support vulnerable families and local people during the pandemic, and I’m confident this will continue.”
The Housing, Communities & Local Government Secretary, Robert Jenrick, said;
“From the start of the pandemic, we committed to ensuring that councils had the resources they needed to step up and support their communities.
“That commitment remains undimmed, which is why we have provided councils with more than £7 billion of additional funding for Covid-19 expenditure, and will continue to ensure they have the resources they need to provide vital local services and help their communities build back better from the pandemic.”
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