Extra funding to aid Pendle Council coronavirus response

Lancashire and Pendle Councils will receive a further £8.48m. from the Government to help pay for its response to coronavirus, as part of a £500m. package of additional support.

In total, since the pandemic began, the two councils will have now received an additional £66.17m.

This additional support forms 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.

Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson said: “The staff at our local councils have played a heroic role in coordinating the local response to Coronavirus and I’m sure everyone in our community will join me in thanking them for everything they’ve done under extraordinary circumstances.

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“Our Conservative government said at the beginning of this crisis that they would stand behind our councils and I’m delighted that they have done, protecting local services and ensuring councils come through this difficult period with stable finances. This additional £8.48 million shows they’ve continued to listen to local concerns and will protect local services in Pendle on which we all rely.”

In addition, the Government has announced a co-payment scheme that will compensate councils for irrecoverable income losses from sales, fees and charges.

And to enable them to get on the front foot and build much-needed breathing space into their budgets, the Government is also allowing them to spread their tax deficits over three years rather than the usual one. This will allow authorities to pay deficits off in a reasonable timescale and will limit their cashflow pressures.