Haringey takes a stand on Covid finances
The council has taken a stand together to renew calls on government to deliver on their promise to provide adequate funds to support residents and local businesses through the coronavirus pandemic.
Haringey have prioritised keeping residents safe and have spent millions to protect and support the most vulnerable, support public health measures and adapt council services to continue to serve residents and businesses.
The global Covid-19 pandemic is having a huge impact on Haringey Council’s finances, with legacy impacts deteriorating our finances in years to come. The borough is once again calling on central government to stick to their word and fully reimburse local authorities.
Haringey Council have sent a letter to the Prime Minister and Secretary of State asking for the following actions:
• Extra support for the most vulnerable with a winter support package, additional assistance and help for those who are deemed clinically extremely vulnerable, and a £20 increase to Universal Credit.
• Financial security for local authorities in 2020/21 and 2021/22, via confirmed grant funding.
• Safe and secure housing including the extension of the ban on evictions, and a return to ‘Everyone In’ rough sleeping policy to at least the end of March 2021.
• Protect incomes and employment including no-one’s income falling below the national minimum wage when the current furlough scheme ends in March 2021.
• Take urgent and immediate action to improve and localise Test and Trace.
• Fully fund an emergency support package for hardest hit sectors including culture, leisure, arts, sport and hospitality, with a particular consideration of the small business sector.
• A commitment to work with all councils as leaders in our communities and transparency on the criteria by which future decisions on restrictions will be made.
• Greater support for local authorities’ enforcement role and more funding for police capacity to support local authorities with enforcement action.
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