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Cornwall given extra £4.9m of coronavirus funding

Cornwall given extra £4.9m of coronavirus funding

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:04am 17th July 2020.

Cornwall is being given an extra £4.9million of funding to help in the fight against coronavirus.

The government has confirmed allocations for individual councils from the £500million of additional support for coronavirus-related spending pressures.

The funding will help councils across the country continue to deliver crucial frontline services, support those most in need and meet new spending pressures so they can deliver for residents.

The cash will be distributed to councils based on population and levels of deprivation, and how the costs of delivery of services varies across the country.

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have received over £4.9million in this third tranche of additional Covid-19 funding. Since the start of the pandemic, The Duchy's received over £39million of additional Covid-19 funding.

In the South West as a whole, councils have received over £360million of additional Covid-19 funding overall.

The funding is part of a 'comprehensive package of government support' to help councils respond to the pandemic, including an unprecedented new scheme to help councils recover lost income, including from car parks and museums, which have been shut during the lockdown.

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"Councils are playing a vital role in our national fight against coronavirus, providing a lifeline for so many and supporting communities at a time when they need it most.

"That’s why we are giving them an extra £500 million – taking our total additional funding provided to £4.3 billion – and today I am setting out how this will be allocated to councils fairly based on the pressures they have told us they are facing.

"This comes on top of the co-payment scheme announced last week that will compensate councils for irrecoverable income losses from sales, fees and charges."

Local Government Secretary, Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP

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"We’ve set out a comprehensive package of support for councils, including an unprecedented scheme to reimburse them for loss of income during the pandemic.

"This additional £500 million funding will be allocated to councils to support them to meet the spending pressures they are facing in their local area.

"The funding has been distributed between district and county councils to reflect the pressures they have reported."

Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government, Simon Clarke MP

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