Sir David is pleased that Southend-on-Sea has been given a share of £900m in additional Government funding for local councils. The extra £2.44 million will help support those most vulnerable during the Coronavirus pandemic.
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 this invisible enemy.
It means Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has now received £21.22 million in direct extra support from the Government since the start of the pandemic.
Sir David commented “I am delighted that the Council has received further funding to help target those most in need specifically. This winter will be especially hard for many and I hope the Council use the money to help the elderly, the struggling families, the unemployed and the other more vulnerable members of our communities”.
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. 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.