Latest coronavirus funding packages agreed for Northamptonshire councils

Councils in Northamptonshire have received a third sum of money from the Government in order to combat the impacts of coronavirus.

By James Averill
Tuesday, 21st July 2020, 5:18 pm
Updated Tuesday, 21st July 2020, 5:22 pm
The county council has received a third sum of funding from the Government, as have the district and borough councils.
The county council has received a third sum of funding from the Government, as have the district and borough councils.

On Thursday (July 16), local government secretary Robert Jenrick MP announced the allocations for the latest sum of £500 million to be spread across local authorities across the country.

Northamptonshire County Council was unsurprisingly the biggest beneficiary in the county, and has received an extra £4.7 million – which takes its total sum up to £35.3 million.

But prior to getting the extra £4.7 million, the county council was still predicting a financial black hole of between £14 million and £27 million – even with the £30 million it had already received.

So the third payment tranche will only slightly mitigate the expected losses the county council is going to have to deal with in the 2020/21 financial year.

Northampton Borough Council meanwhile has been allocated an extra £437,160 in the latest round of funding, taking its total to £2.79 million. But it goes little way to plugging what the authority predicted will be a loss of between £2 million and £3 million in the financial year, prior to the latest announcement.

It’s a similar story at South Northamptonshire Council. The authority ran three potential outcomes through its finance modelling. It found that in an ‘optimistic’ scenario the council would have to foot a £2 million bill, while a ‘realistic’ scenario saw a financial impact of £3 million. Meanwhile, a ‘pessimistic’ outcome could see the council have to fill a £4.5 million gap.

The latest extra funding amount totals £106,259, which means the authority has received just over £1 million to help tackle its expected shortfall.

Daventry District Council’s total funding meanwhile stands at £1.02 million thanks to a latest allocation of £125,557.

Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick MP said: “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 I am setting out how this will be allocated to councils fairly based on the pressures they have told us they are facing.

“This comes on top of the co-payment scheme announced last week that will compensate councils for irrecoverable income losses from sales, fees and charges.”