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Jonathan Djanogly MP praises scale of government support for Cambridgeshire during coronavirus


12th June 2020

Communities and businesses across Cambridgeshire have benefited from £347 million in government funding since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic, helping to support some of the most vulnerable people, alongside the sectors that have been hardest hit.

Support for Cambridgeshire

  • Total government support for local government and communities since the beginning of the pandemic is almost £27 billion.
  • This includes direct support for local authorities, emergency funding to support rough sleepers, business rates relief, grants for small business and support for local transport systems.
  • Local authorities have received an additional £3.8 billion to ensure they have the resources they need to respond to coronavirus and deal with additional pressures on social care.
  • Councils in Cambridgeshire allocated total of £45 million to continue providing essential services and support to those who need it the most.

In total, the Government has announced almost £27 billion for local communities since the start of March. This includes billions of pounds in grants for small businesses and business rates reliefs for industries such as hospitality and leisure that have not been able to operate during lockdown.

As part of this, local authorities across England have received an unprecedented level of additional support, sharing £3.2 billion in direct grants of which £45 million has gone to Cambridgeshire councils. This has meant local councils have had the resources they need to respond to any additional pressures created by coronavirus and been able to continue providing essential services, such as adult social care and children’s services.

Commenting, Jonathan Djanogly said:

“The scale of the Government’s support for people in Cambridgeshire is very welcome and without question above and beyond what many would have expected when this crisis begun.

“Whether it’s the additional funding for councils or direct support to protect businesses that are vital for local jobs and our communities, this has already made a massive difference to the lives of many people and businesses in my constituency. There is more to do, and I am working with local councils and businesses to make representations to Ministers but I’m confident the Government will continue to help our community get through this difficult period and to rebuild for the future.”

Commenting, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said:

“We said at the start of the pandemic that we would make sure our councils and communities had the resources they need to respond to the coronavirus, and that’s exactly what we have done.

“In total, we have provided almost £27 billion to help local communities weather this difficult period, providing additional financial support in the form of grants, business rates relief and direct support for councils on a scale that is unprecedented in living memory.

“Council workers across the country are working tirelessly to ensure this support gets to where it needs to be, helping local people and businesses to navigate this difficult period. They are the unsung heroes of this crisis and we are all incredibly grateful for the huge contribution they are making to their communities.



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