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

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has already had a significant impact on local council finances, the effects of which will continue through the current period of lockdown and beyond. This paper seeks to outline and discuss key strategic issues that elected members, particularly those in finance and wider leadership positions, should consider.

Whilst the current, and potential future, financial impact of the current pandemic will vary from authority to authority, this paper poses questions that are wide enough to be capable of being discussed within the local context.