York council to get £940K in additional government funding for pandemic support

Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau / PA Wire
22 Oct 2020 @ 7.07 am
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The government has announced it is allocating £1 billion of additional support to help local authorities get through the winter.

And City of York Council is to £941,155 of that money.

Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick says most of the cash is to help councils’ ongoing work to support communities during the pandemic. 

Support for councils also includes up to £465 million through the new Local Alert Level system, £300 million to support Test and Trace and £30 million for enforcement and compliance. Councils can also claim funding through a compensation scheme for lost income from sales, fees and charges.

Mr Jenrick said: “This extra £1 billion funding will ensure that councils have the resources that they need over the winter and continue to play an essential role on the front line of our response to the virus while protecting the most vulnerable and supporting local businesses.”

To address the ongoing challenges local authority leisure centres are facing, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has also confirmed today £100 million will be used to introduce a new fund which will support council leisure centres most in need.

Further details on the scheme will be set out shortly.