• Councils in Worcestershire have received more than £76 million in new funding since March 2020.
  • The Government has given councils in England over £7 billion in additional support through the pandemic, with £3 billion more confirmed for next year.

Rachel has welcomed new figures showing councils across Worcestershire have so far received an extra £76 million to support vital local services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over half of this funding has not been ringfenced, meaning local council leaders can decide how to use the additional funds and which local services to boost investment to.

Councils have also received over £2 billion in further grant funding since March last year to deliver specific schemes, such as providing emergency support for rough sleepers, preventing children going hungry, setting up local test and trace services and measures to make care homes, high streets and town centres Covid-secure.

In total, the Government has provided councils across England with more than £7 billion in additional support and introduced a range of measures to help council’s manage pressures on their finances created by the pandemic, worth billions more. A further £3 billion will be allocated to councils from April onwards.

In welcoming the funding, Rachel said:

“Working with charities and organisations, councils across Worcestershire have done an incredible job providing local services and keeping people safe under the most difficult of circumstances.

“We mustn’t forget the role charities in Redditch have played in supporting residents throughout this pandemic. I’ve seen first-hand how they’ve been helping the most vulnerable. Thank you to all our charities and volunteers for all you’ve done during this pandemic.

“The extra £76 million our councils in Worcestershire have received since March last year has helped to protect vital services and ensure our councils have the resources they need to support our community.”