Council leaders and local politicians of all colours are calling on the Chancellor to reaffirm his support for local authorities in this time of crisis. Whilst local authorities have received some funding from government, a survey has hoever since shown that barely a 1/4 of the increased costs and lost revenues that councils are facing is covered by this money. A cross-party group of MPs has also called on the Chancellor to fill the local government funding gap through a letter to the Chancellor, signatories led by former Lib Dem leader Tim Farron, include current interim Lib Dem leader Ed Davey, former Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn and former leader of the Greens Caroline Lucas.
“From day one, local authorities have stepped up to deliver local support through the Covid-19 crisis. They have gone above and beyond, from efforts to source protective equipment for frontline workers, to supplying emergency food packages to distributing business grants and so much more." Said former leader Tim Farron.
“These efforts have helped protect some of the most vulnerable, and they must continue.”
And he warned: “Local authorities cannot keep going on a shoestring budget. The shortfall many are already facing is substantial and growing. Without an emergency cash injection, and a long-term sustainable funding plan, the lifelines offered by local authorities will no longer exist. Our communities will suffer enormously as a result.