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Coronavirus (COVID-19): emergency funding for local government

Allocations of additional funding to local authorities.

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COVID-19: funding allocations

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COVID-19: funding allocations

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Over March and April 2020, the government provided £3.2 billion of emergency grant funding and over £5 billion of cashflow support to support local authorities through Covid-19.

On 2 July 2020, the Secretary of State announced a new set of support measures, including:

  • a new scheme to reimburse councils for lost income from sales, fees, and charges
  • changes enabling local authorities to spread their tax deficits over 3 years rather than the usual one
  • a further £500 million of un-ringfenced funding to respond to spending pressures

On 22 October 2020, the Secretary of State announced allocations of a further £919 million of a further un-ringfenced funding to respond to spending pressures. This is part of a package of further support for councils worth over £1 billion.

These documents set out the allocations of the funding to meet spending pressures; a technical note with more details about the income scheme, collection fund deficit phasing and the distribution of the £500 million announced in July 2020, and a further technical note on the distribution of the funding announced in October.

Published 30 March 2020
Last updated 22 October 2020 + show all updates
  1. Allocations updated to include a further £919 million of a further un-ringfenced funding to respond to spending pressures, announced 22 October 2020. Added Technical note on allocation of October COVID-19 local government finance package.

  2. Added technical note

  3. Funding allocations updated

  4. Allocations for a further £1.6 billion additional funding announced on 18 April 2020 have been added.

  5. First published.