COVID-19: council finances

Information and updates related to council finances, funding, and business rates.


Information on council finances

LGA – Key questions and issues for finance portfolio holders during the COVID-19 pandemic

LGA – COVID-19 council finance FAQs

GOV.UK – government pledges extra £1.6 billion for councils

GOV.UK – councils given greater financial relief against cash flow pressures

GOV.UK – COVID-19: financial support for businesses (including local authorities)

GOV.UK – financial support for education, early years, and children's social care

GOV.UK – letter from the Local Government Minister to councils setting out further details of additional funding

GOV.UK – letter to councils about extending the statutory audit deadlines for 2019 to 2020

GOV.UK – European Social Fund 2014 to 2020: Q&A on COVID-19 response

GOV.UK – advice note for Local Government: accounting for spend against the NHS £1.3bn: COVID discharge arragnements (pdf, 26 April 2020)

GOV.UK – letter to councils about extending the statutory audit deadlines for 2019 to 2020

GOV.UK – national non-domestic rates collected by councils in England: forecast for 2020 to 2021

GOV.UK – timetable of forms for local authorities for spending and financing data

CIPFA/LASAAC – statement on local authority accounting requirements 

Money Advice Trust – urgent action needed to help millions struggling with COVID-19 council tax debt


Business rates and support

GOV.UK – guidance on business support grant funding for local authorities

GOV.UK – business support: coronavirus job retention scheme (relevant to local authorities also)

GOV.UK – Business rates: expanded retail discount 2020 to 2021: coronavirus response – local authority guidance

GOV.UK – Business rates: nursery (childcare) discount 2020 to 2021: coronavirus response – local authority guidance

MHCLG – Updated letter on business rates guidance and coronavirus response (pdf, 2 April 2020)

For more information on business support, please see our business support page.