This week the Conservative government announced a new funding package of £1 billion in additional funding to support local government through the pandemic. This now means that the Conservative government has committed £6.4 billion to help local government since March.
Merton Council will receive £2.5 million from this latest tranche of funding.
- Since the start of the pandemic, the Government have backed local councils with the funding they need to support their communities, protect vital services and recover lost income by providing £6.4 billion in support to local authorities.
- The £2.5 million of additional funding for Merton will ensure leisure centres can remain open and that the council has the resources needed to continue to play an essential role on the front line of our response to the virus.
- As we enter a crucial period in our fight against coronavirus, people should be in no doubt that the government will do everything we can to protect vital local services, the most vulnerable and support local businesses.
Commenting on the new support package, Merton Conservatives Shadow Cabinet member for Finance and Regeneration, Cllr Ed Gretton said: “This new support will help the council to deliver vital services to those in the borough who need it. The government has also recently announced new support schemes for local businesses and the self-employed, showing again the Conservative government’s commitment to helping local people in Merton, and supporting our local economy.”