THE leaders of local authorities in Lancashire have written to the government to ask for for more Whitehall cash to deal with coronavirus.

They say the £70million so far allocated is not enough to cover the cost of tackling the Covid-19 outbreak.

Cllr Geoff Driver, leader of Lancashire County Council, said: “ We are calling upon the Government to deliver on the promises which have been made and ensure a full reimbursement of all costs, whether additional expenditure or loss of income, arising from the impact of Covid 19.”

Cllr Mohammed Khan, leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: “We are used to being resourceful though we simply can’t balance the books if the shortfall from the rising costs and lost income are not fully covered.”

Cllr Alyson Barnes, leader of Rossendale Council, said: “I urge the government to fully reimburse local authorities for the cost dealing with the outbreak.”