COVID-19: council finances

Information and updates related to council finances, funding, and business rates.


Information on council finances

GOV.UK – 4/2020: council tax information letter, 5 November 2020

LG Inform – financial hardship and economic vulnerability

GOV.UK – COVID-19 local authority compliance and enforcement grant

GOV.UK – local restrictions support grant - guidance for local authorities

National Audit Office – COVID-19 cost tracker

GOV.UK – local government income compensation scheme for lost sales, fees and charges

Institute for Fiscal Studies – COVID-19 and English council funding: how are budgets being hit in 2020-21?

GOV.UK – technical note on local government finance COVID-19 package (pdf, July 2020)

MHCLG June 2020 financial information survey – breakdown of results (pdf, 251KB)

LGA – Key questions and issues for finance portfolio holders during the COVID-19 pandemic

LGA – COVID-19 council finance FAQs

LGA  MHCLG June financial information survey results breakdown (pdf, 10 July 2020)

LGA HM Treasury Public Works Loans Board, future lending terms, response to the consultation from Local Government Association May 2020

GOV.UK – use of free early education entitlements funding during coronavirus

GOV.UK – local authority Emergency Assistance Grant for food and essential supplies

GOV.UK – local authority test and trace service support grant

GOV.UK – Towns Fund: further guidance

GOV.UK – allocation of £3.2 billion emergency funding for local government

GOV.UK – councils given greater financial relief against cash flow pressures

GOV.UK – letter from the Local Government Minister to councils setting out further details of additional funding

GOV.UK – letter to councils about extending the statutory audit deadlines for 2019 to 2020

GOV.UK – European Social Fund 2014 to 2020: Q&A on COVID-19 response

GOV.UK – advice note for Local Government: accounting for spend against the NHS £1.3bn: COVID discharge arrangements (pdf, 26 April 2020)

GOV.UK – timetable of forms for local authorities for spending and financing data

CIPFA – guidance for council chief finance officers who are considering issuing a Section 114 report (pdf, June 2020)

Institute for Fiscal Studies – the financial risk and resilience of English local authorities in the coronavirus crisis


Business rates and support

GOV.UK – guidance on business support grant funding for local authorities

GOV.UK – COVID-19: financial support for businesses (including local authorities)

GOV.UK – business support: coronavirus job retention scheme (relevant to local authorities also)

GOV.UK – Business rates: expanded retail discount 2020 to 2021: coronavirus response – local authority guidance

GOV.UK – Business rates: nursery (childcare) discount 2020 to 2021: coronavirus response – local authority guidance

For more information on business support, please see our business support page.