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Cornwall gets extra £34m to help Covid-19 response

Cornwall gets extra £34m to help Covid-19 response

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 2:00pm 2nd May 2020.

Cornwall is getting an extra £34 million of government funding to help in its response to Covid-19 and extra pressure on services.

Earlier this month the Government announced £1.6 billion of additional funding for local government to help them respond to coronavirus (COVID-19) pressures across all the services they deliver. This is in addition to the £1.6billion already announced in March.

Cornwall Council’s funding will be delivered in two tranches, which Cornwall Council can use during the Covid-19 pandemic to continue to provide vital services to those who need it the most.

“I am pleased to see confirmation of the additional funding Cornwall Council will be getting from the Government to help maintain vital services for the people of Cornwall and particularly the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I am pleased that the Government is recognising the important work local councils are playing in our fight against this virus and I look forward to seeing this money being used to enable Cornwall Council to continue its work at this important time."

            Steve Double MP for St Austell and Newquay

 

The additional support will mean councils can continue to provide essential services, such as adult social care and children’s services, while also providing support to people impacted by the coronavirus.

This includes protecting rough sleepers, with 90% of rough sleepers offered safe accommodation so far, establishing shielding programmes for clinically extremely vulnerable people and ensuring there is additional support available across a range of other vital council services.

This announcement builds on other government measures, including allowing councils to defer the payment of business rates to central government and providing them with a combined £850million in up-front social care grants that will help with their cashflow so they can continue to deliver vital services.

“Councils are playing a central role in our national fight against coronavirus and the Government continues to back them at this challenging time. That’s why I announced an extra £3.2billion of support for councils to help them to continue their extraordinary efforts. Today I’m setting out how the latest £1.6billion of this will be allocated to councils in the fairest way possible, recognising the latest and best assessment of the pressures they face. We are backing local district councils and a clear majority will receive at least £1 million in additional funding.”

              Robert Jenrick MP, Communities and Local Government Secretary 

More than 5,400 vulnerable rough sleepers have so far been helped off the streets and from communal shelters during the pandemic – more than 90 per cent of the total.

The Government is working with councils to ensure all those people who are still sleeping rough are 'housed in safe accommodation as soon as possible'.

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