Labour mayor Andy Burnham has declared that “this fight is not over” after the UK government rejected the proposal to give Greater Manchester £15m a month to prevent poverty while the area is in Tier 3.
Days of negotiations between the government and Greater Manchester leaders have come to an end with no agreement being reached. It is understood that ministers were offering a £60m package and would not stretch to £65m.
Burnham and the other local leaders said they had presented a detailed, costed package of measures that would have amounted to government funding of £15m a month for the area soon to enter Tier 3 Covid restrictions.
But the government did not take up this offer, and instead MPs in Greater Manchester have been told the region will receive £22m funding as it moves up a tier on Friday night. Burnham described this as “brutal”.
Delivering a statement to press, in which he said Greater Manchester was prepared to accept £65m, the mayor said: “It cannot be right to close people’s place of work, shut somebody’s business, without giving them proper support.”