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Parish and Town Councils: Coronavirus

Question for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

UIN HL11097, tabled on 3 December 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support they have provided specifically to parish and town councils during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Answered on

17 December 2020

The way in which Parish and Town councils have responded to the challenges of the pandemic is testament to the unique position they occupy within our local government family.

Total support committed to councils, businesses and communities since the start of the pandemic is over £30 billion, including over £10 billion for local authorities, £6 billion of which is un-ringfenced recognising that local authorities are best placed to decide how to meet the major Covid-19 service pressures in their local area, in conversation with local partners.

Whilst the Government does not have the necessary powers to pay Parish and Town councils directly, we have written to principal authorities encouraging them to discuss the funding support for parish councils from within the support we have provided them.

Therefore, Parish and Town councils should liaise with the relevant principal authorities on how this money is allocated in their area.