COVID-19: council finances

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


Information on council finances

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

LGA – COVID-19 council finance FAQs

LGA  MHCLG May financial information survey results breakdown (pdf, 5 June 2020)

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

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.