Maria's letter to the Prime Minister

At Prime Ministers Questions on Wednesday 3rd June I, once again, demanded that the Government properly funds our Local Authorities to tackle Coronavirus.

Knowsley and Liverpool are two of the most deprived Councils in the country and, as the Government has acknowledged, cities like ours have been hard hit by COVID-19. However, despite their promises to help Local Authorities do “whatever it takes” to tackle Coronavirus, the Government has slashed our COVID-19 funding, reimbursing both Liverpool and Knowsley with only half of what they’ve spent.

I asked Boris Johnson to make good on his Government’s promise to properly fund our Local Authorities in Parliament on 11th May and wrote a follow up letter to him on 12th May. Three weeks later, he still hasn’t responded to me – he must be too busy defending Dominic Cummings to be concerned with Liverpool and Knowsley. He promised in Parliament today that he’ll reply so watch this space!

You can read my question and the Prime Minister’s response in full, online, here.

On Thursday 4th June I also asked the Leader of the House, Jacob Rees-Mogg, if we could have a debate on why the Government has broken its promise to give our Local Authorities the funding they need. You can watch my question below.

A graph showing Government reducing funding to Liverpool and Knowsley Councils
A graph showing Government reducing funding to Liverpool and Knowsley Councils

Leaders across the City Region have also made the case for fair funding to help us tackle Coronavirus across Merseyside. You can read their report ‘The Case for the Liverpool City Region’ here:

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