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Saturday, April 18, latest;

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick spoke at the Government’s daily coronavirus briefing where he announced Councils across England are to be given an extra £1.6 billion in funding to deal with the coronavirus emergency.

“Councils are delivering essential supplies to clinically vulnerable people – those we have asked to shield themselves, paying out financial relief to businesses to enable their local economies to weather the storm as much as is possible, ensuring our bins continue to be collected, ensuring that schools remain open for the children of key workers and vulnerable families are kept in regular contact, and they are helping rough sleepers off the streets to protect them from the virus,” said Jenrick.

“This effort, alongside the endeavours of all our public servants, is making a difference in this fight.”

An extra £300 million will go to devolved administrations, with Scotland getting £155 million, Northern Ireland £50 million and Wales £95 million.

Mr Jenrick warned people must abide by social-distancing rules but said he had “made it clear” to councils that all parks must remain open after some closed their gates in recent weeks.

The new funding takes takes the total amount given to councils to help them through the pandemic to over £3.2 billion.

“We are backing councils to ensure vital services such as adult social care, children’s services, support for vulnerable people and waste collection continue despite the increased pressures.”

“Our plans to shield the most clinically vulnerable people have progressed well.”

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