Lucy has welcomed the Government’s confirmation that Telford & Wrekin Council will see its budget increased by 7.1% this year, part of the Conservatives’ commitment to level up local services across the country.
Local authorities across the country, including Telford & Wrekin, will receive a share of £49.2 billion local government funding this year – the largest year-on-year real terms increase in a decade. Funding for key public services will be protected, with significant extra resources dedicated to areas where they are needed most. Thanks to the investment being made by the Conservatives, Telford & Wrekin Council will have an extra £9.3 million to spend this year.
The latest Local Government Finance Settlement, which was confirmed by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick in February, includes an additional £1.5 billion for social care. When added to the existing social care package, local authorities will now have access to over £5.5 billion of dedicated funding across adult and children’s social care in 2020-21.
Local authorities will also be rewarded for building new homes, with another £907 million committed to the New Homes Bonus scheme for 2020-21 to encourage development that benefit local communities.
Thanks to measures taken by the Conservatives, local authorities will be able to prevent excessive Council Tax rises – striking the right balance between the interests of council taxpayers and addressing pressures on services.
Commenting, Lucy Allan MP said:
“Local authorities play a vital role in our communities, providing the crucial local services that people rely on every day.
“I am delighted that the Conservative Government has confirmed Telford & Wrekin will have extra funding this year of £9.3 million, which will help our local leaders make positive change in the area. In addition, I have secured up to £25m from the new Towns Fund for Telford to spend on boosting local connectivity and our local economy. I have been lobbying Ministers in Parliament for a long time for this cash injection and am delighted that Telford will now see improved services resulting from extra funding."
“The Conservatives were elected on a promise to level up local communities across the whole country, and with this funding increase, we can start to do exactly that, ensuring everyone lives in a community they can be proud of.”