No deal met between Greater Manchester council leaders and government after another day of Tier 3 talks

No deal has been met between Greater Manchester council leaders and the government after another day of Tier 3 talks.

The meeting between council leaders and the government has ended without agreement, it has been confirmed.

The two parties had been meeting for about an hour this afternoon to try and decide how much money Greater Manchester will receive in order to go into Tier 3 levels of restrictions.

Rochdale leader Allen Brett says no agreement had been reached and halfway through the government ended the meeting “abruptly”.

BBC reporter Kevin Fitzpatrick stated: “Rochdale leader Allen Brett tells bbc Five Live there’s been no agreement on moving to Tier 3 after a meeting with Community Secretary Robert Jenrick.

“He claims halfway through the meeting the gov changed it’s tone and ended the meeting. He says gov didn’t ‘table anything’”.

A tweet by BBC North West claims that “on the Greater Manchester side there was frustration and confusion”, after a proposal for a ‘hardship fund’, “where local authorities could top up the wages of low paid workers hit by Tier 3 restrictions was discussed, but then had disappeared this afternoon.”

Greater Manchester leaders had gone into the call hopeful that an agreement could be reached around financial support for the area, with “the Treasury and local officials discussing the amount of cash that could be on offer, potentially 15 million a month.”

This is a breaking news story. More to follow.

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