Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham says 'the biggest risk' to the government's roadmap plan is test, trace and isolate. He adds 'the system all falls down' without an effective self isolation system, which he says is currently not working.
Greater Manchester's Mayor Andy Burnham says the NW's plan to become the UK's first carbon-neutral region by 2040 will not only be good for the environment, but will also create thousands of jobs. He's been speaking at a media conference this afternoon:
"Strictly proceeding by age... is leading to a massive under use of resources" Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham tells @bbcnickrobinson he wants to "open up the mass vaccination centres to a younger, more mobile cohort" of all over 50s #R4Today
Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham says he has a "real fear" that the 2020s in the North of England "could be as bad as the 1980s if we don't see a massive transfer of power and resources into the areas that most need support". Latest here:
Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham says he understands why the government cannot give an exact date for when schools will reopen - but adds that they must give students the equipment to work online. Follow live:
"To accept any further restrictions... would be certain to increase levels of poverty, homelessness and hardship" Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham says the people most affected by a Tier 3 lockdown are those "too often forgotten by those in power"
"This is not right they should not be doing this. Grinding people down, trying to accept the least they can get away with." Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham responds after finding out live on camera that the government has offered £22m in support for going into Tier 3.
“Even now I am still willing to do a deal” Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said it was the government who “walked away from negotiations” "At no point today were we offered enough to protect the poorest people [through winter]," he adds
'It's wrong to place some of the poorest parts of England in a punishing lockdown without proper support' Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham says the government's plans to put Manchester in a Tier 3 #COVID19 lockdown is "flawed and unfair".
"How could we ever accept that?" Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham says 'we will not be treated as second class citizens where the government can impose an underfunded regional lockdown on us'.
“They are willing to sacrifice jobs and businesses here to save them elsewhere” Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham says regions in the north “are being set up as the canaries in the coal mine for an experimental regional lockdown strategy” and “it won’t work”
“We have unanimously opposed the government’s plans for Tier 3,” says Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham "They are asking us to gamble our residents’ jobs, homes and businesses... on a strategy their own experts tell them might not work”