Published: 17th Aug 2020

The Welsh Government has announced a funding boost of more than £260m for local councils in Wales to provide them with the certainty they need to plan for the remainder of the year.  According to ministers, it will help cover increased costs, manage loss of income pressures, and will fund additional cleaning requirements for schools in response to the coronavirus crisis. With the real possibility of further peaks during the autumn and winter months this investment will provide local authorities with the confidence to prepare their budgets for a potential second wave. The funds will be allocated on a claims basis. The Welsh local government minister, Julie James, said local authorities have done a ‘fantastic job of rising to the challenges of COVID-19. ‘We have been working closely with the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) and local authority leaders to understand the pressures and challenges they are facing, and the … (To read the full article, subscribe below)