Rachel has welcomed news that Worcestershire will receive a share of an extra £1.6 billion in funding to make sure councils can continue to support their communities and deliver vital services through this challenging time.

This extra £1.6 billion takes the total additional funding to councils through this crisis to over £3.2 billion – an unprecedented level of extra financial support in recent times.

The additional support will mean councils can continue to provide essential services, such as adult social care and children’s services, while also providing support to people impacted by the coronavirus. This includes protecting rough sleepers, with 90% of rough sleepers offered safe accommodation so far, establishing shielding programmes for clinically extremely vulnerable people and ensuring there is additional support available across a range of other vital council services.

From this further £1.6 billion for councils, Worcestershire County Council will receive £10.5 million, £840,985 for Redditch Borough Council and £1 million will go to Wychavon District Council.

Rachel said: “I’m really pleased that Worcestershire will receive an additional £12.4 million from the Government to help ensure essential services are not impacted by the extra demands placed on councils by coronavirus. This means that since the pandemic started, Redditch Borough, Wychavon District & Worcestershire County Council will have received an extra £27.6 million.

“I have been in regular contact with district and county council leaders throughout this outbreak and so I am well informed of the pressures and challenges they’re facing.

“Our local councils are doing a tremendous job under extraordinary circumstances, helping to ensure the vulnerable are protected and supported. I will continue to champion everything they are doing for our community and work closely with ministers to ensure they always have the resources they need to carry out their important work.”