Rishi Sunak's gives BILLIONS to public services for coronavirus fight

Chancellor Rishi Sunak pours MORE money into the coronavirus emergency response fund with £14.5billion spending including cash for the NHS, councils and railways

  • The Chancellor almost tripled the  size of coronavirus emergency response fund 
  • The fund was initially set at £5billion in his March Budget before lockdown
  • New fund includes £6.6billion more for health services and £1.6bn for councils 
  • Learn more about how to help people impacted by COVID

Rishi Sunak moved to shore up public services with an extra £14.5billion of public money to secure the system against coronavirus. 

The Chancellor expanded the coronavirus emergency response fund to hand more cash to NHS hospitals, local authorities and the railways.

He today almost tripled the size of the fund, which was initially set at £5billion in his Budget last month. 

Mr Sunak said: ‘Our public services and its incredible workers are working with immense resolve and skill to keep us safe.

The cash boost includes an additional £6.6billion for health services as they battle to ave lives from coronavirus

‘We depend on them, which is why we are doing everything we can to provide our NHS, local authorities and others, with the resources and tools they need to tackle the virus.

‘From the start, I’ve been clear our vital public services will get whatever they need to protect this country and its people from coronavirus.’

The Treasury said the funding includes more than £6 billion ‘to support our health services, free up hospital beds and deliver urgent priorities, including acquiring ventilators, diagnostic tests and protective equipment for NHS staff’.

The spending involves £6.6 billion for health services, the Treasury said, and £1.6 billion for local authorities.

The funding also includes £3.5 billion ‘to ensure vital rail services continue to operate now and, in the future, for those who rely upon them for essential journeys’, according to the Government.

What will the money be spent on?

  • £6.6billion for health services 
  • £1.6billion for local authorities 
  • £0.9billion to cover ‘extra measures’ including food deliveries for vulnerable people who are self-isolating and do not have a support network of friends or family
  • £3.5billion for rail services
  • £1billion for the Scottish government 
  • £0.6billion for the Welsh government 
  • £0.3billion for the Northern Ireland Executive

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