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The four Wirral MPs – Margaret Greenwood, Alison McGovern, Angela Eagle and Mick Whitley – have written to Robert Jenrick, the government’s Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, about the emergency funding provided to Wirral Council during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Secretary of State said in April that local authorities would have the resources that they need to meet this challenge and that his priority was to make sure local councils are supported so that they can continue to support their communities through this challenging time.
However, the MPs are concerned that three tranches of emergency funding Wirral Council has received since March simply do not cover the significant costs it has incurred during this period. The council forecasts it will have to spend an additional £3 million from its own funding on the coronavirus response, putting further pressure on already stretched services.
Further, a recent report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) highlighted the pressure on local authorities that are facing a ‘financial double whammy’ of increasing costs and loss of income as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.
The MPs are now urging the Secretary of State to fulfil his promise and provide councils like Wirral with the resources that they need in their efforts to tackle the unprecedented challenges that they face.
You can see the letter in full via the link below: