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Greater Manchester has been under Tier-2 style restrictions for nearly three months, with very little economic support and support for local Councils.
The Government is now pushing for Greater Manchester to accept additional restrictions, including the closure of bars and restaurants under Tier 3 restrictions. Our Mayor has outlined three necessary elements of economic support for Greater Manchester to accept additional restrictions – alongside evidence that the specific restrictions suggested will actually help reduce cases in Greater Manchester, in a letter to the Prime Minister.
Writing to the Prime Minister together with the Mayors of Liverpool City Region and North of Tyne, our Mayor Andy Burnham has said that the minimum level of support that should come with Tier 3 status is:
- A full and fair furlough scheme for all affected workers, covering 80% of an employee’s regular wage or at least the national minimum wage. We believe that this should be paid to workers in businesses forced to close but also those in the supply chain that can provide evidence of a major loss of trade caused by the closures.
- A Self-Employed Income Support Scheme set at 80% of average monthly income. This should be available to those who can provide evidence of a major loss of trade arising from Tier 3 closures, including freelancers.
- An improved compensation scheme for businesses directly or indirectly impacted based on the national scheme on rateable values.
He has also critcised the Government for doing ‘side deals’ with local councils rather than outlining a fair financial framework for the country through the challenging winter ahead.
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