Statement from Mayor Ros Jones on council financial challenges

“Everyone is doing their best to counter the effects of Coronavirus and to support local people, particularly our vulnerable and elderly residents.

“As a council we are working tirelessly to support communities by continuing to provide essential services such as bin collections, schools opened for key workers and children who need more support and community and social care. We will continue to do this in very challenging times for everyone. I would like to once again applaud all of our NHS, care and key workers here in the borough who are doing a magnificent job. Thank you.

“This pandemic has meant we have great demands on our services, less money coming in through council tax, business rates, fees and charges. This is a headache that councils face.

“The latest Government announcement of another £1.6bn nationally for local authorities will mean we receive just over £8.6m, this is on top of the £10.1m we were allocated last month. So that's £18.7m to help continue deliver services. Of course we welcome that funding and it is a large figure but we estimate that this pandemic has cost the council more than £34m. So what we receive from the Government is almost half of our funding gap. Added to that, we do not know how long this pandemic will continue so that figure will only increase.

“This financial impact and how we bridge that budget gap are among the priorities for us in the months ahead. We are a financially prudent run council and before this pandemic we balanced our budget and had set our financial course for the next few years.

“One thing is for certain that we will continue to support Doncaster people, communities and businesses and be calling on the Government to adequately fund councils in this difficult time.”

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Last updated: 30 April 2020 18:06:28