By Tony Earnshaw, Local Democracy Reporter
Kirklees had suffered 129 coronavirus-related deaths by mid-April.
The figures, which were accurate as of April 17, were revealed at a virtual meeting of Kirklees Council’s Cabinet (May 1).
Council Leader Clr Shabir Pandor said the number of fatalities connected to Covid-19 could be broken down to 99 hospital deaths, 21 in care homes and nine at home.
Clr Pandor said the figures related to deaths “where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate”.
The council has received more than £24m from the Government’s £3.2bn Covid-19 war chest to cover the cost of essential services, such as adult social care and children’s services, and to safeguard rough sleepers.
However Clr Graham Turner said the £24m would “not be enough” to cover income lost during the health emergency.
“Not only have we got additional significant spend we also have the fact that our income generators have dried up. All the bookings we take through the town hall, car parking, all those income streams have dried up.
“We are facing a significant income loss – that could be over £2bn for local authorities. So the money to date is not enough.”
The authority is currently assessing the impact of the health emergency on its finances and a report will be brought to Cabinet at its next meeting on May 19.
Clr Turner described the situation was “a moving feast” given the daily changes but that in three weeks the situation would be clearer.
He added: “We will of course continue to monitor everything we spend on the Covid-19 crisis. We are making a log of that.
“And hopefully, as promised, the Government will provide us with the resources to match what we have spent.”
But he warned: “This won’t just impact the 2020/21 budget, it will impact the 2021/22 budget and possibly more so.”