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Scarborough Borough Council Concerned About Finances

Scarborough Borough Council Concerned About Finances

Published by Karen Liu at 6:55am 23rd April 2020.

Scarborough Borough Council says it is concerned about its financial situation because of the Coronavirus lockdown. 

Both North Yorkshire County Council and East Riding of Yorkshire Council are reporting funding shortfalls due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

That is despite the announcement from the Government earlier this week about additional funding for local authorities.

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Liz Colling, Deputy Leader of Scarborough Borough Council, said:

"We don't really know about what the additional funding is for.

We've had some additional funding previously and it was very much marked for social care; and as you know, North Yorkshire has the lead for adult social care.

So they kept the bulk of the money and I think we had £75,000.

One of the main drivers of our cost was getting our rough sleepers off the street, so they aren't at risk from COVID, either getting it or spreading it. 

In addition, we had quite a number of people who were made homeless as a result of COVID.

Quite a lot of our income comes from summer activities, so it's very seasonal, so car parks and leisure facilities. 

If lockdown carries on for the length of the season, or in stops and starts, then it will seriously impact us.

We're doing some modelling about what that might be. Obviously, if we come out of lockdown at the beginning of July, the impact is less than if it goes on until August or September."

Liz has been speaking to Yorkshire Coast Radio's Paddy in the Morning:




There are 4 comments on this page.

TJohn, on 23rd April 2020 8:14am
Why is it that it's only the deputy leader who is making statements? What is the leader doing?
Diddy dave, on 23rd April 2020 9:27am
council tax up again no doubt
zara, on 23rd April 2020 11:03am
considering we have only been in 'lockdown' since march 23rd could the deputy leader explain why anyone is homeless BECAUSE of the virus? It has not had time to kick in for people to have lost their homes through not paying the mortgage or for anyone to be legally evicted, unless they were already in the process and therefore not due to the virus.
Bean67, on 23rd April 2020 1:23pm
There are many reasons for a person becoming homeless. Unfortunately domestic violence is on the increase due to tensions caused by lockdown. Also relationship and family breakdowns. Have you not heard on the news that prisons are going to be releasing 4000 low level offenders and many will be homeless when discharged?!

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