Yorkshire news £100 million cost of pandemic in Bradford MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - Public health schemes and cuts in income from car parks, theatres and leisure centres were all to blame

Yorkshire news £100 million cost of pandemic in Bradford MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - Public health schemes and cuts in income from car parks, theatres and leisure centres were all to blame

Yorkshire news  £100 million cost of pandemic in Bradford MetiNews.Com
08 April 2021 - 13:45

Breaking News ! The Covid-19 pandemic has cost Bradford Council almost £100 million in the past year. And a new report has revealed this figure is likely to rise to £150m by the end of next April. The massive public health schemes, reduced income from sources such as leisure centres, car parks and theatres have all added to the "vast" financial burden. But members of Bradford Council’s executive were told that thanks to “very welcome” financial support from the Government, the authority actually came in slightly under budget in the last financial year. Much of the extra costs were due to the purchase of vital personal protective equipment. (Image: PIXABAY) The executive was presented with the quarter four financial statement. It said Covid had seen more people lose their jobs and go on to claim council tax reductions, which has also hit finances. But due to Government support, the council came in at £200,000 under budget this past year. The report says: “The financial impact of Covid has been vast. “By the end of this financial year, the additional Covid-related gross costs and losses associated with council service provision will total £94m (£101m including collection fund losses), and will be £150m by the middle of next financial year.” But the report adds: “The forecast costs and income losses to the council are currently covered by very welcome additional funding from the Government which has materially changed the risk of significant financial loss to the council as a result of Covid." So far additional financial support provided to the council from Government has been £113.4m – which is due to last until June. The report reveals that the council currently has £7.

. Read More Related Articles Asim Khan of Bradford denies running over police officer in Wakefield Read More Related Articles Man arrested on M62 near Huddersfield after woman in her 20s raped The meeting was told that the number of people in Bradford claiming council tax support had risen during the pandemic from 27,000 to 32,300. The report adds: “Overall, the expected deficit for 2020-21 from the Council Tax collection is approximately £6.4m.” Council departments impacted by Covid include waste, fleet and transport services, which overspent by £5.3m, partly due to the need for extra vehicles to allow bin collection staff to keep socially distant, and corporate resources, which overspent by £14.3m, partly due to the cost of providing PPE and IT services to allow for home working. Read More Related Articles Hero hit by barge in Rodley Canal as he saves girl, 5, from being killed with seconds to spare Read More Related Articles The Bradford school in academy limbo for ten years and now facing a £5m black hole Council Leader Susan Hinchcliffe said: “I’m pleased that we are predicted to end this year on budget, which is no mean feat given what we’ve been through in the past year. “We went into this with ten years of austerity behind us, which have diminished councils. Half of our annual budget has gone, thanks to government cuts to our budget. “We are in a better position than many councils, but we had to make many difficult decision in the past to get to this place.” To get the latest email updates from MyBradford, click here . She said the Government had yet to provide funding for economic recovery in Bradford, and that was something the Council would be pushing for in the coming weeks. Referring to the report’s claims that Government funding had “changed the risk” of financial loss, Councillor Mike Pollard (Cons, Baildon) said: “I would say that in this financial year it has completely extinguished that risk.”

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