Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire are set to join Lancashire and the Liverpool City Region in the Tier 3 coronavirus category, with millions more people to be subject to the toughest restrictions.
Around 2.8 million people in Greater Manchester and 1.4million in South Yorkshire will join some 3.1 million in Lancashire and the Liverpool City Region under the most severe restrictions.
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By Saturday, there will be four areas in England subject to Tier 3 lockdown rules.
But how does the financial support the government is offering to Liverpool CIty Region compare with other areas?
– Liverpool City Region
The Liverpool City Region was the first area to come under Tier 3 restrictions earlier this month, with tougher measures affecting its 1.6 million people.
It secured £14 million for enforcement, and a further £30 million of business support.
This equates to approximately £8 per capita for enforcement, and £19 per capita for business help.
A sum of £7m has already been received from the government.
– South Yorkshire
Some 1.4 million people in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield will be affected by Tier 3 measures from Saturday morning.
The package of support agreed includes £11 million to invest in a localised test and trace system – equivalent to around £8 per capita.
A further £30 million of support for businesses affected by the restrictions, as well as their employees, will be offered. This equates to approximately £22 per capita.
– Greater Manchester
A row over the financial support meant agreement was not reached between Westminster and local leaders before the Government announced Tier 3 measures were to be imposed.
Civic leaders wanted a minimum of £65 million to support the region’s 2.8 million people , but Boris Johnson refused to offer more than £60 million.
The Prime Minister confirmed to MPs that the £60 million for business support – which is in line with the offer for South Yorkshire of approximately £22 per capita – would be distributed to the region’s boroughs.
The Government has also agreed to £22 million to help authorities implement and enforce restrictions – approximately £8 per capita.
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The 1.5 million people of Lancashire were placed under Tier 3 restrictions last week, with the agreement of local leaders.
The county secured £30 million of business support – equivalent to approximately £20 per capita.
A further £12 million for enforcement was agreed – in line with the £8 per capita offered to other areas.