Burnley Council to receive £920k towards services during pandemic
Local MP Antony Higginbotham welcomed news that Burnley and Padiham will benefit from a share of £900m. in additional funding for local councils announced by the Government, which includes Burnley Council receiving just short of an extra £1,000,000.
This means that since the start of the pandemic, Burnley Council has received over £2.1m. in extra direct support from the Government, helping to cover its coronavirus-related costs and ensuring it has the resources it needs to keep providing vital services.
Burnley also stands to benefit from a further £100m. which will be used to establish a new fund to support council leisure centres that are most in need, in recognition of the ongoing challenges many local authority leisure centres are facing.
This means that councils will have a £1 billion extra in funding this winter, with more details of the support for leisure centres to be set out shortly.
Mr Higginbotham said: “This is hugely welcome. The extra funding almost doubles the amount of money Burnley Council has received since the start of the pandemic and will allow them to be able to continue providing vital local services for the people of Burnley and Padiham this winter.
"Today’s announcement shows we’re keeping our promise to local authorities and ensuring they have the resources they need to continue supporting people.
"Everything I have done and will continue to do in Parliament is about supporting our borough and that is exactly what I remain focused on.”
The funding has also not been ring-fenced, meaning local leaders will be able to determine how to spend the additional funding in order to best protect public health, local vulnerable people and the running of vital services.
In total, over £4.6 billion of the £6.4 billion in additional government funding made available to councils has not been ring-fenced, reflecting the Government’s view that local authorities are best placed to determine local priorities.
This is the fourth announcement of extra direct support for local authorities since the start of the pandemic. It forms part of an unprecedented package of support for councils, which also includes up to £465m. through the new Local Alert Level system, £300m. to support Test and Trace and £30m. for enforcement and compliance.
Councils can also claim funding through a compensation scheme for lost income from sales, fees and charges and further additional support will be made available to areas placed under Tier 3 restrictions.
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said: “Since the start of the pandemic, we have backed local councils with the funding they need to support their communities, protect vital services and recover lost income.
“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.”
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “It's vital that we keep ourselves fighting fit through the winter months and local authority leisure centres are crucial to this. This £100m. fund will help keep leisure centres across the country open. I urge leisure centres to bid for the money and people to make the most of these precious local facilities.”