Support for Public Services

Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund:

  • At Budget in March, the Chancellor initially set aside £5 billion for the Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund, in order to provide our NHS and public services the resources they need.
  • As of 27 April, a total of £16.4 billion which gone towards public services, including the NHS and local authorities involved in the fight against Coronavirus. This builds on the existing NHS settlement, which provides an additional £34 billion per year by 2023-24, as well as an additional £139 billion for health budgets in 2020-21.
  • It also includes a total of £3.2 billion of additional funding for local authorities, helping to house rough sleepers, support new shielding programmes for the vulnerable, and continue to provide vital services such as adult and children’s social care.
  • The Chancellor also gave GPs and community pharmacies in England £32 million to remain open on early May bank holiday, building on £56 million to remain open over the Easter bank holiday.
  • The ‘Plan for Jobs’ announced by the Chancellor on 8 July confirmed that the Treasury has so far announced £48.5 billion of additional expenditure on public services, including:
    • £31.9 billion for health, including £15 billion for PPE procurement
    • £4.7 billion for local government, including £3.7 billion to support pressure on social care
    • £1.2 billion for schools to support pupils to catch up on lost learning
    • £5.3 billion for public transport, including £3.5 billion for rail services

Public Transport:

In these uncertain times, public transport has an important role to play in ensuring Britain’s critical workers can travel and that vital supplies can get to where they are needed. While people should still work from home where possible, we must ensure our transport services are protected.

To do this: the Government is:

  • making available £2 billion to help the 40 per cent of people whose commute is under 3 miles choose healthier options, such as walking and cycling.
  • delivering a £1.7 billion infrastructure package that will improve roads, repair bridges and fill in millions of potholes across the country
  • accelerating more than £175 million worth of work across the road and rail network, ensuring networks get the vital repairs they need while fewer passengers are using them
  • locking in the environmental benefits seen over the past few months by boosting England’s charging infrastructure for electric vehicles over the next decade.
  • launching a £2 billion package to support more people to cycle and travel:
    • Providing £250 million emergency active travel fund, to encourage people to use alternative forms of transport. The funding will be used to create pop-up bike lanes with protected space for cycling, wider pavements, safer junctions and cycle and bus-only corridors in England, within weeks.
    • Working with local authorities to make it easier for people to use bikes to get around.
    • Bringing forward e-scooter trials from next year to next month to encourage more people off public transport.
    • Anyone holding an Advance ticket bought before the announcement will be able to refund it free of charge, while the Government advises against non-essential travel. All season ticket holders can claim a refund for time unused on their tickets in the usual way. Ticket holders should contact their retailer or train operator for details.
  • providing £3.5 billion to ensure vital rail services continue to operate now and, in the future, for those who rely upon them for essential journeys.
    • Of the £14 billion the Government has announced from the Coronavirus emergency response fund, £3.5 billion will be provided to help keep rail services running.
  • announcing nearly £400 million to help keep England’s buses running.
    • New funding of up to £167 million will be paid over 12 weeks under the new COVID-19 Bus Services Support Grant.
    • This is on top of the Government's pledge to guarantee £200 million of existing funding even though not all services may run during this time.
    • It is in addition to up to £30 million of extra government bus funding, originally earmarked for starting new services, which will instead be paid to local authorities to maintain existing services.
  • providing up to £35 million to protect critical freight routes, preventing disruption to the flow of critical goods, such as food and medical supplies.
    • The Government has signed agreements with six operators to provide up to £35 million.
  • protecting crucial passenger flights between Great Britain and Northern Ireland; investing £5.7 million to ensure services between GB and NI are protected – vital for connecting critical workers and ensuring that those who need to travel can continue to do so.
  • providing a multimillion support package for essential freight services, including up to £17 million for critical routes between Northern Ireland and Great Britain, up to £10.5 million for lifeline ferry and freight services to the Isle of Wight and the Scilly Isles and further support for critical routes between Britain and the European mainland.

Research and Development

  • The Government will provide £30 million of new funding for the National Institute of Health Research to enable rapid research into Covid-19.
  • The Government has also increased Public Health England’s ability to test people and monitor the virus by providing an additional £10 million of new funding for the Department of Health and Social Care.
  • This funding will enable important research into the novel virus which will enable the government and the NHS to respond as effectively as possible.

Wolverhampton Funding:

  • Core Spending Power (Local Government Finance Settlement 2020): £239m
  • Local Authorities Additional Covid-19 Funding: £19m
  • Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund: £53m
  • Covid-19 Council Tax Hardship Fund 2021-21: £3m
  • Infection Control Fund: £3m
  • Reopening High Streets Fund: £151,819
  • Self-Employment Income Support Scheme: £6.5m
  • Pitch Preparation Fund: £4,000
  • Arts Council England: £68,730
  • Western Power Distribution 'In This Together - Community Matters Fund: £1,500
  • Towns Fund capital acceleration: £1m

Page Last Updated: 23/07/2020.