Coronavirus UK: English councils welcome extra £1.6bn support

Announcement brings total funding for local government to £3.2bn with extra £300m for devolved administrations Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The government has moved to shore up shaky local authority finances, announcing a £1.6bn cash injection for English councils to prevent a series of town halls collapsing into insolvency as a result of the spiralling costs of the coronavirus pandemic. The housing, communities and local government secretary, Robert Jenrick, praised local government workers as “unsung heroes” and said the extra cash – which followed an earlier £1.6bn injection in March – would enable councils to maintain essential services. Continue reading...