The Chancellor has announced today the Government’s Spending Review that contains millions of pounds of funding for Cornwall.
The Spending Review confirms an additional £55 billion for next year for Government departments to respond to coronavirus, including:
- £18 billion to fund our programmes on community testing, test and trace, PPE and vaccines.
- £3 billion to support NHS recovery from the impacts of coronavirus, allowing them to carry out up to 1 million checks, scans and operations, boost mental health services, invest in the workforce, and ease existing pressures.
- Over £2 billion to keep our transport arteries open, with funding to subsidise rail and bus networks.
- Over £3 billion to local authorities, on the frontline of supporting vulnerable people through coronavirus.
- £250 million to help end rough sleeping, and get people into long-term accommodation.
Welcoming the Statement was St Austell and Newquay’s Member of Parliament Steve Double, who said:
“Today’s Spending Review continues the unprecedented financial response from this Government to the COVID-19 pandemic while also taking necessary steps to look at the future economic recovery from it.”
“I welcome the announcement of the continued significant investment in our health system and transport infrastructure, as well as funding to assist local authorities like Cornwall Council in helping the most vulnerable people, including more ring-fenced funding to continue reducing rough sleeping.”
“As the detail from today’s Statement is released I will be working to ensure Cornwall gets its fair share of funding from all these areas, to assist us through this pandemic and beyond.”