Mark Jenkinson MP has welcomed news that Cumbria will benefit from a share of £900 million in additional funding for local councils announced by the Government, which includes Allerdale Borough Council.
This means that since the start of the pandemic, Allerdale Borough Council has received £1.88 million 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.
Councils also stands to benefit from a share of a further £100 million 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.
Mark Jenkinson MP said: “The additional funding for Allerdale Borough Council announced today is hugely welcome and will ease financial pressures on our local council.
This Conservative Government is keeping its promise to local authorities and ensuring they have the resources they need to continue supporting people. As this funding is not ringfenced, local leaders are able to determine how best to spend it. Government is financially empowering local councils to make decisions for their local communities. This is something I welcome and support.”
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 £465 million through the new Local Alert Level system, £300 million to support Test and Trace and £30 million for enforcement and compliance.
The total that has been given in additional support to all councils across Cumbria during this pandemic from central government, has been in excess of £341 million.