Bishop's Stortford MP Julie Marson trumpets £100,000 Covid cash for East Herts Council
Bishop's Stortford's Conservative MP Julie Marson has welcomed a £100,000 Covid-19 funding boost for Tory-controlled East Herts Council.
The money is the authority's share of £900m announced by the Government – and the MP for Hertford and Stortford is also heralding further central cash to support the district's leisure centres.
Mrs Marson said that since the start of the pandemic East Herts had received £2.07m in extra direct support from Westminster.
"The £100,000 announced is hugely welcome and will ease financial pressures on East Herts district council and ensure it is able to continue providing vital local services this winter," she said. "After working with the Government on this, I am pleased that East Herts Council will have the resources to continue supporting people."
Last week in Parliament, Mrs Marson helped to defeat Labour moves to extend free school meals over this half-term holiday and beyond for the country's most vulnerable children.
However, she said that the money for East Herts has not been ring-fenced, so council leaders will be able to decide how to spend it.
In total, her statement said, over £4.6 billion of the £6.4bn in additional Government funding made available to councils has not been ring-fenced, reflecting the Conservatives' view that local authorities are best placed to determine local priorities.
She said her Hertford and Stortford constituency also stands to benefit from a further £100m which will be used to establish a new fund to support council leisure centres that are most in need.