The Government is at the centre of a row over who will cover the costs for policing and health services in the aftermath to the Manchester Arena bombing.
With the total bill expected to be £17m, Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has told central Government it will need to up its offer of £12m. The shortfall is down to what the Government has claimed are ‘reasonable costs’.
Last week Prime Minister Theresa May told Parliament ‘the majority’ of the cash originally promised would be paid but in a letter to Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham she has only vowed to pay ‘all reasonable costs’.
In reply, Burnham has stated:
“We’re not trying it on here. We’re not sending a bill that’s inflated in any way. These are the costs.
“This week - rightly - the government ensure Kensington and Chelsea Council have had enough money to deal with the aftermath of the tragedy at Grenfell Tower. Of course, those victims should be supported but it’s not too much to ask that the same is done for those still suffering from the attack at Manchester Arena.”
Meanwhile, a further round of payments totalling almost £3m has been released from the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund set up to help victims of the Manchester Arena attack.
Survivors who were in the foyer of the Arena and directly exposed to the bomb attack will be eligible for payments of £10,000 if they have been assessed as being ‘functionally impaired’ by the psychological injury they sustained and have not already had a payment from the Fund of £60,000 or more.
The money is a gift from the people of Greater Manchester and the rest of the world and as such, there are no strings attached to how the money is spent.