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World Greater Manchester leaders told 'door is open' for further talks on Tier 3 support

10:40  21 october  2020
10:40  21 october  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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Boris will FORCE Greater Manchester into Tier Three lockdown after refusing to meet Andy Burnham's demands for £65m bailout - as ministers Up to 10million people now face living under the toughest measures this week after talks on whether the region should enter the 'very high risk' Tier 3

Travel is permitted to amenities that are open , for work or to access education, but Tier three – very high. People are prohibited from socialising with anybody they do not live with, or have not The Greater Manchester leaders agreed to reduce their request to £65m but this was rejected by Jenrick

Local leaders in Greater Manchester have been told that the "door is open" for further talks, despite the prime minister imposing Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions on the region.

Boris Johnson announced that tougher COVID-19 restrictions will be introduced in Greater Manchester from Friday.

Moving into Tier 3 means pubs and bars in Greater Manchester will be closed, unless they serve substantial meals, while betting shops, casinos, bingo halls, adult gaming centres and soft play areas will also shut.

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Burnham said Greater Manchester ’s 10 council leaders had asked for £65m from Boris Johnson’s Travel is permitted to amenities that are open , for work or to access education, but people are Tier three – very high. People are prohibited from socialising with anybody they do not live with, or have

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Different households will be banned from mixing indoors and outdoors, including in private gardens.

Mr Johnson revealed the move at a Downing Street briefing, just hours after the breakdown of talks with local leaders sparked a war of words.

a person walking down a city street: The breakdown of talks with local leaders has sparked a war of words © Getty The breakdown of talks with local leaders has sparked a war of words

The bitter row is expected to dominate exchanges between the prime minister and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer at PMQs.

Meanwhile, Labour will table an opposition day debate motion in the Commons, calling for a "fair one nation deal" for areas facing being moved into Tier 3.

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It comes as talks with local leaders in South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and the North East about moving their areas into Tier 3 are set to continue.

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham accused the government of "walking away" from the discussions during an impassioned news conference.

He said local leaders were not offered enough support to protect people through the "punishing" winter ahead.

Mr Burnham said politicians in Greater Manchester had originally wanted £90m to £15m a month until the end of the financial year - to protect the incomes of people affected by business closures.

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM – OCTOBER 20: Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham speaks to the media outside Bridgewater Hall, in the shadow of the North West Nightingale Hospital at Manchester Central, on October 20, 2020 in Manchester, England. Talks between the Housing and Communities Minister, Robert Jenrick, and the Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, collapsed today after they failed to agree a financial package to help Mancunians whose jobs are threatened by a Tier Three lockdown. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) © 2020 Getty Images MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM – OCTOBER 20: Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham speaks to the media outside Bridgewater Hall, in the shadow of the North West Nightingale Hospital at Manchester Central, on October 20, 2020 in Manchester, England. Talks between the Housing and Communities Minister, Robert Jenrick, and the Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, collapsed today after they failed to agree a financial package to help Mancunians whose jobs are threatened by a Tier Three lockdown. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) He said civic leaders were prepared to reduce their demand for financial support to £65m, the "bare minimum to prevent a winter of real hardship", but ministers would only offer £60m.

Mr Johnson said a "comprehensive package of support" was in place for areas put into Tier 3 restrictions, including the government's Job Support Scheme and access to Universal Credit.

The prime minister said Greater Manchester would get £22m to implement and enforce the new measures.

He added that in addition to this support, a "generous and extensive offer to support Manchester's businesses" was put on the table.

"This offer was proportionate to the support we have given Merseyside and Lancashire [the other areas in Tier 3], but the mayor didn't accept this unfortunately," said Mr Johnson.

The Liverpool City Region received £44m as it moved into Tier 3 (£14m for enforcement and £30m for businesses), while Lancashire got £42m (£12m for enforcement and £30m for businesses).

Downing Street has said the offer of £60m is still on the table.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has echoed this, saying: "Our door is open to further discussions with local leaders in the coming days about business support."

Answering questions from MPs in the Commons, Mr Hancock indicated that the government could look at agreeing financial support borough by borough in Greater Manchester.

But Labour's shadow work and pensions secretary Jonathan Reynolds told Sky News that ministers will "get nowhere" with such an approach.

MPs in the area reacted with anger to the £22m commitment.

Lucy Powell, Labour MP for Manchester Central, said it was "utter spite" and "the idea of 'all in this together' has been totally shattered this week".

Shadow foreign secretary Lisa Nandy, who represents Wigan, said: "This is bad faith, it's immoral - just disgraceful."

But Heywood and Middleton MP, Conservative Chris Clarkson, called for Mr Burnham to step aside and let local MPs and council leaders try and reach an agreement.

He wrote on Twitter: "Greater Manchester MPs wrote to Andy Burnham today to express our concern about his failure to come to an agreement with the government. The mayor now needs to let local MPs and council leaders have a go at getting a sensible settlement."

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