Burnley Council receives £360k budget boost for new year

Burnley Borough Council will see its budget boosted by 2.6% next year.

Thursday, 24th December 2020, 7:00 am

The funding will result in Burnley Council having an additional £360,000 next year, and Lancashire County Council, which has responsibility for schools, social care and highways, an additional £44.36m. The funding increase for Lancashire Fire Service equates to £1.35m.

In total, local authorities across England will receive an extra £5 billion in support next year, including £1.55 billion in additional grant funding to cover costs relating to the pandemic and an extra £670 million to help families facing hardship with their council tax bills.

This is on top of more than £7.2 billion in additional funding given to local authorities throughout the pandemic so far, including both Burnley Borough Council and Lancashire County Council, to protect the services that have kept vulnerable people and communities safe.

Burnley Town Hall

Funding has also been made available to local authorities to compensate lost commercial income, including from car parks; and a £100 million fund to support leisure trusts like Burnley Leisure.

Burnley MP Antony Higginbotham said: “Throughout this pandemic we have seen how instrumental both Burnley and Lancashire council’s have been, providing critical services that people rely on every day and getting grants to businesses that need them.

“I’m really pleased to see that we have received this funding increase from the Government, providing hundreds of thousands of pounds to the Borough and almost £45m. to the county. This funding will ensure those who need it continue to have access to the help and support they need, be it social care, in school or through hubs like Burnley Together.”

“It builds on the significant boost provided to the council at the beginning of the year, underlying my determination to ensure we have the resources we need locally to drive forward our economic recovery in a way that works for us as we build back better.”

The local government finance settlement sets out how much councils have to spent on vital local services each year, including social care which will see a £1 billion increase in funding next year as a result of the announcement.