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22 October 2020

Government publishes detail on £1bn of additional support previously announced, with more than £900m to councils for spending pressures and new £100m scheme for council leisure centres

Summary

This is funding first announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on 12 October 2020, with allocations confirmed and further detail published on 22 October. Over £900m of the £1bn funding will be provided to councils for spending pressures and 'ongoing work to support communities during the pandemic'. This has been allocated based on levels of population and deprivation, also considering the amount of funding each council has received from government so far. All councils will receive a minimum of £100,000. The funding is not ring-fenced. The government has asked councils to use the funding to 'prioritise the running of vital services and protecting the most vulnerable and public health'. £100m of the £1bn funding will be used to introduce a new fund which will support council leisure centres 'most in need' (further details to be set out shortly).

Source(s)

Gov.uk press release

Gov.uk guidance – emergency funding for local government