Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has backed Oxfordshire council leaders in calling for further funding to address the shortfall caused by coronavirus.
The letter from the Oxfordshire council leaders says that ‘we currently anticipate that the negative financial impact of the virus in the 2020/21 financial year will be close to £100m in Oxfordshire, with expected knock-on impacts in future years.’
Addressing the extra funding announced by Robert Jenrick on 18 April, the leaders point out: ‘A proportionate share of the extra-national funding will still leave a significant shortfall for the Oxfordshire councils.’
Layla noted: “This is not about party politics, this is about saving our councils. We need to ensure that they can continue to serve our communities, during this crisis and in the long term.”
Layla Moran said: “This letter, from Conservative, Lib Dem and Labour council leaders, is crystal clear: without extra funds, our councils face an insurmountable shortfall. The Government needs to address this shortfall and make emergency funding available as a priority.
“This is not about party politics, this is about saving our councils. We need to ensure that they can continue to serve our communities, during this crisis and in the long term.
“Earlier this month I wrote to Robert Jenrick to highlight the plight of our district councils and the extra funding they need to address their loss of income. The council leaders’ letter shows that this has not been addressed and it’s a problem for all our councils — the Government must address this before it’s too late.”