Views are being sort after the Government’s failure to fully cover the costs of the Covid pandemic has forced Nottingham City Council to propose an additional £12.5m of budget cuts which will affect local services.
The Council has seen estimated costs and lost income due to Covid-19 soar to £87.9 million since the pandemic began. Emergency funding has been needed to care for older and vulnerable people and provide PPE while at the same time income has been lost from leisure centres, trade waste services, car parks and many other areas.
However, so far the Government has failed to meet its pledge to fully cover the cost of Covid to councils which nationally stands at £7.4 billion.
Nottingham has only received £19.823 million plus a further £3.723million confirmed as part of tranche 3 of extra Government so far, just 27% of the total cost of Covid, leaving a major hole in the Council’s finances. The current crisis comes on top of a decade of austerity which has seen Government funding for the City Council cut by over £100 million This has meant that difficult decisions have had to be made in order to meet the legal requirement to balance the budget in the current year.
Views of the public are being invited on the proposals.
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