Surrey welcomes extra £6,368,952 to support local services during coronavirus

  • Takes total additional funding for Surrey County Council to £53,367,397 
  • Direct Government funding to help councils respond to the pandemic reaches £4.3 billion

Surrey County Council has welcomed the announcement that it will receive a further £6,368,952 from the Government to help pay for its comprehensive response to coronavirus, as part of a £500 million package of additional support.

The extra £500 million – which brings support for pressures local authorities are facing to £4.3 billion – will ensure councils in England can continue to deliver crucial frontline services, support those most in need and continue delivering for residents.

This additional support forms part of a comprehensive package of Government support to help councils respond to the pandemic, including an unprecedented new scheme to help local authorities recover lost income.

Surrey County Council Leader Tim Oliver said: “Surrey County Council has been busy over the last four months working with our partners to prevent the spread of coronavirus and keep our residents safe.

Surrey’s Local Resilience Forum has carried out some fantastic work in its response to and facilitation of the recovery from COVID-19. From contacting over 30,000 shielding residents, to delivering thousands of food parcels, to supporting our social care providers financially and with equipment, we’ve worked really hard to support residents throughout this tough time.”

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick added: “Councils are playing a vital role in our national fight against coronavirus, providing a lifeline for so many and supporting communities at a time when they need it most.

“That’s why we are giving them an extra £500 million – taking our total additional funding provided to £4.3 billion – and today I am setting out how this will be allocated to councils fairly based on the pressures they have told us they are facing.”