Maria Caulfield MP welcomes extra £1.6bn of Government support for councils

Lewes MP Maria Caulfield has welcomed an extra £1.6 billion of Government funding for local councils including Lewes District Council, Wealden District Council, and East Sussex County Council.

This extra £1.6 billion takes the total given to councils to help their communities through this crisis to over £3.2 billion, an unprecedented level of additional financial support in recent times.

The funding will mean councils can continue to provide essential services and support to those who need it most. This includes getting rough sleepers off the street, supporting new shielding programmes for clinically extremely vulnerable people and assistance for our heroic public health workforce and fire and rescue services. The funding will also mean councils can provide vital services including adult social care and children’s services.

This announcement follows an initial £1.6 billion given to councils last month which supported the work they have done to free up vital hospital beds and deliver essential supplies to the vulnerable.

This has also helped get rough sleepers off the street and so far over 90% of those on the streets at the beginning of the crisis and known to local authorities – have been offered safe accommodation.

Maria Caulfield MP said “Our local councils provide vital services that we simply cannot do without, including refuse collection, food hygiene checks, children’s services, adult social care and schools to name a few. Having been a Councillor myself I know the pressures that council face at the best of times, but this is even more so now as they face the coronavirus pandemic. I am pleased that the Government is recognising the vital work that local councils are doing and are providing £3.2 billion of extra funding to support them.”

Local Government Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said “An additional £1.6 billion of new funding to councils means we have now provided them with over £3.2 billion during this pandemic.”

“I promised local government would have the resources they need to meet this challenge and this demonstrates my commitment to doing just that. We stand shoulder to shoulder with local government and my priority is to make sure they are supported so they can continue to support their communities through this challenging time. This new funding will support them through immediate pressures they are facing to respond to coronavirus and protect vital services.”