KING of the North Andy Burnham has rejected a £100m offer to shut down Greater Manchester claiming people’s mental health is more important.
The Greater Manchester Metro Mayor said that “Nothing had Changed” after the Government leaked details of a £100m offer to help struggling businesses.
Burnham said in a statement today: “It’s not about the size of the cheque, it’s about protecting low paid workers, people who are self-employed and supporting businesses and preventing them from collapsing.”
“We’ve always said we’ll put people’s health first, and we will do that. But health is about more than controlling the virus.”
“People’s mental health I think is now pretty low given we’ve been under restrictions here for three months already.”
LORD DEMANDS 80% FOR UK
ANDY Burnham advisor Sasha Lord has demanded 80% for the whole of the UK amid the Lockdown war with Whitehall.
Lord, 48 who founded the hugely popular Parklife Festival and Warehouse Project in Manchester is the advisor to Burnham’s office for the Night-Time Economy.
Despite a £100m offer from Prime Minister Boris Johnson for Manchester businesses affected by Tier 3, Lord said that the whole of the UK needed better support amid the lockdown.
He demanded full and fair furlough scheme at 80%. Support for the self-employed, including freelancers.
Compensation for businesses directly or indirectly affected. “Not just for Greater Manchester, but for the UK.” added Lord.
He also called on Boris to remember the Mental Health effects of closing down Greater Manchester: “Whilst you are considering your next move: A promoter took his own life last week.” in a Tweet.
“Everyone, operators and employees who work within the Night-Time Economy, wake up anxious, fearful and worried. Their mental health is at a breaking point. Do the right thing.” added Lord.
It’s time Boris backed down.