Thérèse has welcomed the additional £2.48m that has been allocated to East Suffolk District Council in recognition of their central role in the national fight against coronavirus. The allocation was confirmed last night by Local Government Secretary, Robert Jenrick as part of a £1.6bn cash boost for local authorities. Suffolk County Council will also receive an additional £14m.
Thérèse said: “This is fantastic news for East Suffolk District Council. I know how hard Cllr Gallant and his team have been working to coordinate the community response to this pandemic, whilst continuing to maintain frontline services, collecting the bins and paying out the government’s business support grants. They’ve been doing all that with significantly less income, which is why I’ve been lobbying the Treasury for them to get a bigger share of the latest allocation. I hope this goes some way to bolstering their finances.”
Thérèse added: “I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank the staff from both East Suffolk and Suffolk County Councils, who along with our NHS heroes, have been absolutely terrific in responding to the current crisis, ensuring essential services continue.”