To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent estimates his Department has made of the funding gaps between (a) what each local authority has spent in responding to the covid-19 outbreak and (b) the central Government covid-19 funding allocated to each of those local authorities; and if he will make a statement.
24 May 2021
The Government allocated over £9 billion directly to councils in 2020-21 for COVID-19-related expenditure and income pressures and at the Spending Review the Chancellor announced that local authorities will receive over £3 billion of additional support for COVID-19 in 2021-22. This includes a further £1.55 billion of grant funding to meet additional service pressures which has now been paid to authorities. This takes the total support committed to councils in England to tackle the impacts of COVID-19 to over £12 billion.
We have now carried out 11 rounds of COVID-19 sector monitoring with the outcome of round 12 due to be published shortly. As at round 11, the estimated expenditure pressures in 2020-21 were £7.2 billion. Now the financial year has ended, we aim to publish more detailed monitoring data in due course.
We continue to keep the situation under review through our monthly financial monitoring returns and will respond to the impacts of COVID-19 appropriately as our understanding develops.