The government has given no assurances that Covid-19 counsel will be covered in response to a harsh warning from the mayor of Lewisham.
The crisis has already cost the Lewisham Council nearly £ 50 million – £ 22.9 million in direct costs and £ 26.8 million in lost revenue.
To date, the council has received £ 18 million from the government, leaving a funding gap of almost £ 32 million.
The government had originally promised to cover council expenses to fight the pandemic, but it recently seemed to go back.
Lewisham Mayor Damien Egan said front-line workers may face cuts in the near future if the government does not live up to its promises.
He warned at a meeting of members of the Labor Party in London, where he urged the government to keep its word that it would “do whatever it takes” to support local authorities throughout the crisis.
He said the councils will not be able to meet the needs of local communities in the coming years unless they receive the funding to do so.
In response, a spokesperson for the Treasury gave no guarantee that all costs incurred would be covered.
But he said, “The government has announced unprecedented support for public services, workers and businesses to protect themselves from the current economic emergency.
“This includes £ 3.2 billion in additional funding for local authorities as they continue to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
“This funding will help local authorities respond to the pressures on all of their services following Covid-19, and will ensure that vital services such as social welfare services for adults and children continue to be provided.” “
Mayor Egan said, “When the government said it would do ‘whatever it takes’ to support local authorities during the coronavirus crisis, we thought it did.
“But the Lewisham Council now has a £ 32 million funding gap that needs to be filled so that we can continue to support our most vulnerable residents and maintain services.”
“I am very concerned that frontline workers currently reacting to the coronavirus in Lewisham may face cuts in the near future if the government does not keep its word and gives the Lewisham Council the missing £ 32 million we have need to respond to this crisis. “