More money for public services in Don Valley

People living across Don Valley can expect to see improved council-run services after the local authority was awarded a greater share of Government funding.

Doncaster Council will receive £248.4m from the Government for 2020-21 – up 15.9m or 6.8 per cent on last year’s grant.

The money will help the authority pay for key services across Don Valley and the wider Doncaster region and is part of £49.2 billion local government funding across the UK this year – a 4.4 per cent real terms increase and the largest year-on-year real terms increase in a decade.

Funding for key public services in will be protected, with significant extra resources dedicated to areas where they are needed most.

The latest Local Government Finance Settlement, confirmed by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick, includes an additional £1.5 billion for social care. When added to the existing social care package, local authorities will now have access to over £5.5 billion of dedicated funding across adult and children’s social care in 2020-21.

Local authorities will also be rewarded for building new homes, with another £907 million committed to the New Homes Bonus scheme for 2020-21 to encourage development that benefit local communities.

Conservative MP for Don Valley, Nick Fletcher, welcomed the extra funding for the area and called upon bosses at Doncaster Council to make sure they spend the money wisely.

“I am pleased Doncaster Council will be getting more money to make sure they provide the good quality services people living in Don Valley need,” he said.

“This extra money should help the council make positive changes across the area and ensure local people get the crucial local services they rely on every day.

“I will be speaking to council bosses whenever I can to ensure the money is being spent in the right places and to the benefit of everyone living in the Don Valley constituency. It is crucial councillors and council officials do not waste this money.

In December, the Conservatives were elected on a promise to level up local communities across the whole country, and with this funding increase, we can start to do exactly that, ensuring everyone lives in a community they can be proud of.