Council leader welcomes additional funding to deal with Covid-19 emergency

Councils across England are to be given an extra £1.6 billion in funding to deal with the coronavirus emergency.

The leader of Worcestershire County Council has welcomed the additional money.

“The additional £1.6bn is welcomed, and we are grateful to Rt Hon Robert Jenrick for taking the time to engage over the last week, listen to us and with this response. We await our specific allocation from this, but it will go a long way to ensuring that the County Council can do everything we can to support Government in responding to the current emergency including protecting the most vulnerable in our communities. Our costs cover so many different areas, from care to food supply, from PPE to waste disposal and from sourcing additional beds to making sure key workers can get nursery placements for their children to enable those parents to work on the front line. This is a tremendous effort from so many people, our staff, our providers, our partners and our communities. We will continue to work with Government and the Secretary of State to report and monitor our spending and look towards future needs, but today we thank Government for their continued support.”

Leader of Worcestershire County Council, Councillor Simon Geraghty