Published: 30 April 2020
Additional £900,000 of government funding welcomed
Tandridge District Council has welcomed the government’s announcement that it will provide a further £1.6 billion of additional funding for local government to help it deal with the immediate impacts of COVID-19.
The Council is set to receive almost £900,000 in funding, following the announcement on 18 April. The funding is being distributed to councils across England based on their population and will be split between county and district councils on a 65:35 basis.
This reflects the financial pressure being felt by councils as a result of residents following national guidance and staying at home, rather than using services, as well as the challenges presented by COVID-19.
The District Council will discuss the current situation, impact on services and the funding at the next Strategy & Resources Committee. This meeting will take place online and will be held as soon as possible.
Councillor Tony Elias, Leader of the Council and Chair of the Strategy and Resources Committee, said: “We are very pleased the government has listened to district councils and has allocated the funding on this basis. Local councils are bearing the brunt of this current situation and playing a crucial role to support the community.
“This extra funding will help us continue to deliver services, while supporting those who need it most, as well as meeting new pressures. It is a reflection of the commitment of our staff that we are managing to do all of this, despite the extreme pressures we are facing and I thank them all for it, as well as our residents and businesses for following government advice.”
For more information contact Giuseppina Valenza, Katharine Beynon or Neil Leedham on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01883 732704/2962/2742.