Cheshire East asks government to fund cost of COVID-19 crisis

Cheshire East Councillor Anthony Chritchley

Councillor Anthony Critchley

The council has today revealed that they are facing additional costs of £70 million in relation to dealing with the Coronavirus in Cheshire East.

In a press release issued today Cheshire East has published details of a report presented to the cabinet.

The report shows that costs relating to tackling the Coronavirus are £10 million more than the original estimate of £60 million.

To date, the government has provided the council with only £19.5 million to address the shortfall.

Councillor Amanda Stott, Cheshire East Council said:

The council now faces additional cost pressures of £70m due to Covid-19 this year alone. We welcome the additional funding from government provided to date – but it’s estimated we need more than three times this amount to meet the full costs to the authority

Cheshire East has seen its revenue fall as a direct result of the Coronavirus with reductions in Council Tax receipts, business rates and money generated from leisure centres, tourism and car parking fees.

Labour Councillor, Anthony Critchley has recently set up a petition to lobby the government to help with funding.

Cllr. Critchley said:

Employees have gone above and beyond, vital services such as kerbside bin collections have continued throughout, so to see that Cheshire East have only received £19m to date and have a huge funding void to fill is worrying

The petition calls on the government to provide additional funding in order to protect front line services.

The petition runs until 3rd August 2020, you can view the petition here.

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