The mayor of Greater Manchester, deputy mayors and all local leaders have issued a joint statement declaring their opposition to government plans to put the area under highest level ‘Tier 3’ restrictions.
Asserting that it is “wrong to place some of the poorest parts of England in a punishing lockdown”, the local representatives have described the proposal to put Greater Manchester in Tier 3 as “flawed and unfair”.
The leaders said they were “being set up as the canaries in the coal mine for an experimental regional lockdown strategy as an attempt to prevent the expense of what is truly needed” by the UK government.
In a joint statement with the city’s deputy mayors and ten other political leaders, Labour’s Andy Burnham said he could not support the measures unless the following “bare minimum” demands were met:
- “A full and fair 80% furlough for all affected workers;
- “80% income support for people who are self-employed;
- “A proper compensation scheme for businesses.”
The statement accused the government of “asking us to gamble our residents’ jobs, homes, and businesses, and a large chunk of our economy” and concluded: “We would never sign up to that.”