More money for Somerset councils
Central Government have today recognised the extra burden councils have had to bear during the COVID 19 crisis. This lunchtime (16 July) they have released a further tranche of funding to support local government across the UK. The extra money will be distributed to councils based on population and levels of deprivation, and how the costs of delivery of services varies across the country.
Of the £500m to be released Somerset councils will receive the following:
- £0.179m Mendip District Council
- £0.219m Sedgemore District Council
- £3.46m Somerset County Council
- £0.259m Somerset West & Taunton
- £0.267m South Somerset District Council
The funding today brings total Central Government support for the costs of the pandemic to local councils to £3.688bn. Again looking at the way that has been distributed across our county that has been granted as follows:
- £1.382m Mendip District Council
- £1.511m Sedgemore District Council
- £29.065m Somerset County Council
- £1.882m Somerset West & Taunton
- £2.004m South Somerset District Council
The funding is part of a package to help councils respond to the pandemic. It includes a new scheme to help councils recover lost income. This will include funds from car parks and museums, which have been shut during the lockdown.