Lancashire to stay in Tier 2 lockdown for now, confirms Government
Lancashire will stay in Tier 2 lockdown for now, confirms Government health secretary Matt Hancock.
This morning's crunch talks between Lancashire council chiefs and central Government have stalled, meaning Lancashire will stay in Tier 2 lockdown for now.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Matt Hancock said “discussions are ongoing” with local leaders on moving areas classed as high to very high, but "no decisions have been made".
He said: “In other areas currently in the second tier where discussions are ongoing, no further decisions have yet been made but we need to make rapid progress.”
It follows tense discussions between local leaders and the Government over the extension of coronavirus controls, with Downing Street urging Lancashire to enter Tier 3 lockdown.
Ministers have held a series of talks with leaders from Lancashire and Greater Manchester in recent days, but they have failed to reach an agreement over a multi-million pound support package to help deal with the impact of a Tier 3 lockdown on local people's livelihoods.
Crunch talks this morning centred on Lancashire trying to negotiate a funding package worth nearly £50m more than the £12m believed to be on offer from the government.
This is understood to have included a massive discretionary grant scheme to support local businesses directly or indirectly affected by a tougher lockdown.
But it appears that no agreement has been reached on a deal after the Government tabled a 'take-it-or-leave-it' offer to Lancashire's council leaders.
Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has also resisted following the Liverpool City Region into Tier 3 restrictions, following last-minute talks with No 10, after his demands for greater financial support were refused by Government.
This morning, London was placed into Tier 2 lockdown (High risk) after previously being subject to Tier 1 restrictions, meaning households will be banned from mixing indoors, including pubs, from Saturday.
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