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23 November 2020

Government publishes COVID-19 Winter Plan, including extension of Contain Outbreak Management Fund for local authorities facing higher restrictions to the end of the year

Summary

The government's COVID-19 Winter Plan confirms that the Contain Outbreak Management Fund will be extended to provide monthly payments to local authorities facing higher restrictions until the end of the financial year. For those authorities under the highest level of restrictions, this will amount to £4 per head of population per month. The funding will be made available from the end of national restrictions on 2 December 2020, and will be subject to review in January 2021. Guidance on the Fund is published on 26 November. This confirms that:

  • upper tier local authorities in Tier 3 will be eligible to receive funding of £4 per head of population per month
  • upper tier local authorities in Tier 2 will be eligible to receive funding of £2 per head of population per month
  • authorities in Tier 1 will not be eligible for monthly funding
  • local authorities that moved into the 'Very high' level prior to the implementation of national restrictions on 5 November will be eligible for a top-up payment from the fund 'in recognition of the extended time those areas have been under higher restrictions'.

It states that the further funding 'recognises the ongoing public health and outbreak management costs to local authorities of tackling COVID-19'.

Source(s)

Gov.uk guidance

Gov.uk guidance – Contain Outbreak Management Fund