- Hillingdon to benefit from extra £7.16 million in funding announced by the Government.
- Councils have received £6.4 billion in additional direct support since April.
- Local authority has been provided with £33.2 million in extra funding since the pandemic began.
People living and working in Uxbridge and South Ruislip will benefit after Hillingdon Council was given a share of £900m in additional Government funding for local councils.
The money will be used locally to help the council cover coronavirus-related costs and ensure it has the resources needed to keep providing key services as we battle the Covid pandemic.
It means Hillingdon has now received £33.2 million in direct extra support from the Government since the start of the pandemic.
The new funding means local councils will have £1billon extra in funding this winter to help maintain vital services.
Commenting, Boris said: “The £7.16 million recently announced is hugely welcome and will ensure Hillingdon Council is able to continue providing vital local services this winter. Just like we said we would stand behind people whose jobs are at risk – with over £200 billion so far to protect jobs, incomes and businesses throughout and beyond this pandemic – this Conservative Government is keeping its promise to local authorities and ensuring they have the resources they need to continue supporting people”
The funding has not been ring-fenced, meaning local leaders will be able to determine how to spend the additional funding in order to best protect public health, local vulnerable people and the running of vital services. In total, over £4.6 billion of the £6.4 billion in additional government funding made available to councils has not been ring-fenced, reflecting the Government’s view that local authorities are best placed to determine local priorities.
This is the fourth announcement of extra direct support for local authorities since the start of the pandemic. It forms part of an unprecedented package of support for councils, which also includes up to £465 million through the new Local Alert Level system, £300 million to support Test and Trace and £30 million for enforcement and compliance. Councils can also claim funding through a compensation scheme for lost income from sales, fees and charges and further additional support will be made available to areas placed under Tier 3 restrictions.