Jenrick expected to announce plans to ease finance woes

By Heather Jameson and Dan Peters | 01 July 2020

Communities secretary Robert Jenrick is expected to announce new measures to help cash-strapped councils deal with the coronavirus pandemic when he speaks to the Local Government Association virtual conference tomorrow.

Ministers have repeatedly indicated they were working on a ‘comprehensive plan to ensure councils’ financial sustainability over the financial year ahead’ amid growing concern in the sector about the future viability of some authorities.

Mr Jenrick, along with local government minister Simon Clarke, has been involved in detailed talks with chancellor Rishi Sunak in the run-up to his speech.

The Government has so far announced two tranches of £1.6bn but ministers want to move away from continuing short-term reactive grants.

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