Andy Burnham has written to the Prime Minister and all Westminster party leaders today asking them to help with “breaking the impasse” as local leaders in Greater Manchester continue to resist Tier 3 restrictions.
The Labour Greater Manchester mayor has highlighted that there are concerns Tier 3 is not strict enough to control the virus, but also that the level of support to Tier 3 areas is insufficient in preventing hardship.
He has emphasised in the letter that these problems with Tier 3 apply more broadly than Greater Manchester as “it is likely that most places will find themselves in Tier 3 at some point before a vaccine is found”.
A coalition of local leaders in the North of England have set out that Tier 3 should involve the folling:
- a furlough scheme covering 80% of an employee’s regular wage or at least the national minimum wage;
- a self-employed income support scheme set at 80% of average monthly income;
- an improved compensation scheme for businesses directly or indirectly affected by the rules.
Burnham has urged the main political party leaders to jointly help resolve the dispute between the government and Greater Manchester representatives by setting up a “fair financial framework for local lockdowns”.