Coronavirus: North Yorkshire welcomes extra Government cash

Coronavirus: North Yorkshire welcomes extra Government cash

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 9:21am 19th April 2020.

The county council says the additional £1.6bn announced nationally will help with rapidly escalating costs.

  • North Yorkshire County Council will find out next week how much of the £1.6bn it will get
  • The extra funding was announced by cabinet minister Robert Jenrick on Saturday
  • The council say they 'greatly appreciate' that he has listened to their calls for extra cash

North Yorkshire County Council has 'warmly welcomed' an additional £ 1.6 bn in Government funding announced for councils to help with rapidly escalating costs to meet the challenges of the Covid-19 crisis.

The authority, which says it's made clear to Government in recent days the pressing financial challenges created by the pandemic, will find out its individual allocation next week.

Cllr Carl Les, North Yorkshire County Council's Leader, said:

“We greatly appreciate that Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government has been listening to us. He has taken on board that we urgently need additional funding for the crucial role we are playing in pulling communities together and building trust among people to fight the pandemic and for that we are thankful.”

 

 

The County Council was asked to submit an estimate of costs as a result of Covid-19. This return showed that the Council’s finances would be £65m worse than had been anticipated before the pandemic. Whilst £15m had been provided by government as additional grant, that still left a shortfall of £50m.

North Yorkshire County Council says they've worked rapidly to transform services to meet the crisis, setting up emergency school hubs for the children of critical workers, supporting the NHS and care providers to cope with their increased costs, sourcing additional PPE, coordinating an army of volunteers and creating a new way of working for frontline social care teams.

 

 

Cllr Carl Les added:

“The whole of North Yorkshire is pulling together to meet this unprecedented challenge and we are doing everything we can to keep people well and safe and to support the NHS. But we were already operating with reduced spending power so there is no doubt that we like many other councils, will need supportive and long-term partnership with Government for the crucial role we play and to see this crisis through.”