Swindon MPs welcomes extra £1,810,706 for Swindon Borough Council to support local services during coronavirus

By Jamie Hill - 18 July 2020

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• Takes total additional funding for Swindon Borough Council to £13,005,343
• Direct Government funding to help councils respond to the pandemic reaches £4.3 billion
• New Government scheme will help to cover Swindon Borough Council’s lost income during the pandemic and boost cash flow

Swindon MPs Robert Buckland and Justin Tomlinson have welcomed the announcement that Swindon Borough Council will receive a further £1,810,706 from the Government to help pay for its response to coronavirus, as part of a £500 million package of additional support.

The extra £500 million – which brings support for pressures they are facing to £4.3 billion – will ensure councils in England can continue to deliver crucial frontline services, support those most in need and continue delivering for residents.

In total, since the pandemic began, Swindon Borough Council will have now received an additional £13,005,343. 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.

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.

Commenting, South Swindon MP Robert Buckland and North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson said: “We would like to thank all of the staff at SBC who have gone above and beyond to coordinate the local response to Coronavirus.

“At the beginning of this crisis, the Conservative government said that they would stand behind our councils and we are very pleased that they have done, protecting local services and ensuring that councils come through this difficult time with stable finances.  This additional £1,810,706 shows they’ve listened to local concerns and will protect local services here in Swindon, which we all rely on.”

Also commenting, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said: “Councils are playing a vital role in our national fight against coronavirus, providing a lifeline for so many and supporting communities at a time when they need it most.

“That’s why we are giving them an extra £500 million – taking our total additional funding provided to £4.3 billion – and today I am setting out how this will be allocated to councils fairly based on the pressures they have told us they are facing.

“This comes on top of the co-payment scheme announced last week that will compensate councils for irrecoverable income losses from sales, fees and charges.”

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