Laura Sharman 22 October 2020

Jenrick announces allocations for £1bn council funding

Local government secretary, Robert Jenrick, has confirmed allocations for individual councils from the £1bn of extra funding announced by the prime minister earlier this month.

All councils will receive a minimum of £100,000 from the fund, which has not been ring-fenced.

A new £100m fund has also been set up to support local authority leisure centres during the crisis.

Culture secretary, Oliver Dowden, said: ‘It's vital that we keep ourselves fighting fit through the winter months and local authority leisure centres are crucial to this. This £100m fund will help keep leisure centres across the country open.

'I urge leisure centres to bid for the money and people to make the most of these precious local facilities.’

Cllr Richard Watts, chair of the Local Government Association’s Resources Board, said: 'The immediate funding allocated for leisure centres will also help these services through the most difficult period they have faced, and enable them to be kept open in the short-term for the most disadvantaged communities who rely on them most.

'However, social distancing means leisure services will continue to face a challenging financial position for the foreseeable future. That is why it is also vital the Government’s Spending Review also provides further investment so councils can protect and improve local services both this and next year, including leisure facilities.'

See the allocations here.

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