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18 April 2020

Government provides a further £1.6bn of COVID-19 funding for local authorities, not ring-fenced

Introduced by

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Targeted at

Local authorities


Announced on 18 April 2020, allocations to councils confirmed on 28 April

Stated aims

To enable councils to support vulnerable people on the streets, deal with pressures and provide other support across a range of services


This is the announcement of £1.6bn further funding for councils in England, paid through a grant that is not ring-fenced, 'recognising that local authorities are best placed to decide how this funding is spent'. Published alongside allocations on 28 April 2020, the update says, 'these funding allocations are based on a per capita basis, and there will be a 65:35 split between county and district authorities. Where there are separate fire authorities a specific tier split for fire of 3% will be used.'


Gov.uk press release

Gov.uk press release – on allocations of funding

Letter from Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick MP