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Andy Burnham considering legal action if government ‘impose’ Tier 3 on Greater Manchester without consent

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Andy Burnham has said he will consider legal action against the government if Tier 3 is imposed on Greater Manchester.

It comes following rumours that Greater Manchester will be heading to Tier 3 following recommendations from the government’s health bosses.

Reports from a meeting last night claim that the Joint Biosecurity Centre’s Gold Command ‘signed off’ on Tier 3 restrictions for Greater Manchester and Lancashire, with the final decision reportedly being announced today.

Tier 3 would move Greater Manchester into the highest alert level on the new tiering system. It would see the closure of hospitality and leisure businesses.

Mr Burnham has stated that this would be done by ‘imposition not by consent’.

Both the Liverpool Metro Mayor and Manchester Mayor have stated they are considering challenging this possibly through a joint class action.

Mr Burnham said his concerns lie with the impacts on self-employed people in the area and the security industry who would see their income collapse if hospitality businesses close.

He told reporters: “We won’t accept people having their jobs taken off them, their businesses taken off them without proper compensation and what I mean by that is 80pc furlough across the board. 

“We would consider other routes – legal routes – where we could protect our many thousands of residents who are going to be left in severe hardship in the run-up to Christmas.

“We would not just leave them in the lurch, we would try and support them and that would include any legal action we could take on their behalf.

“We might even consider some joint action in that space because we won’t let people just be sent to the wall.”

Liverpool city region mayor, Steve Rotheram added: “I think what we might well be talking about collectively is getting together and challenging this presumption that people can live on two-thirds of their wages.

“For me, it appears to be discriminatory that the government seems to be saying, we gave people 80pc in March but because it’s happening to somewhere in the Liverpool City Region you’re only going to be able to get two-thirds of your wage.

“We’re going to be having further discussions about whether we come together to see if there is a case to take forward.”

Mr Rotherham added that the city would use their own funds to create an extra furlough scheme to support workers in the meantime.

Despite his concerns, Mr Burnham has said that if Greater Manchester was moved to Tier 3 by the government without any agreement, he would not ask residents to defy the measures.

He said: “If the government insists that that is it and there’s no further discussion they would probably have to impose it. 

“I’m not saying that we would in any way ask people to defy it, obviously we respect the law of the land but it would be clear that it would have been done in that way, without our consent.”

The Manchester Mayor is set to meet with government this morning to learn our region’s fate, and whether we will be moved up to the highest alert level.

Local leaders and Greater Manchester MPs will speak to MP Helen Whatley at 10.45am, with London and Lancashire also talking to the government this morning about being moved up an alert level, Sky News reports.

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Woolworths possibly returning to British highstreet next year

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A Twitter account called ‘UKWoolworths’ claims the much-loved chain will be making a comeback to the high street next year.

The account posted on Twitter to explain that three new trial stores will be opened late next year. They wrote: “Here to save 2020! Woolworths is coming back to your high street, as a physical store!

“A couple of legal things to get sorted, but we’re full steam ahead at Woolworths HQ.

“We want to get this right, so we need your help. What do you want at your UK #YourWoolworths?”

They went onto explain that they want fans to tell them exactly what they want from their local Woolies to make sure they get the reopening right.

They added: “Throughout this week, we’ll have announcements and chances to win gift cards for Woolworths and gift cards for other retailers on your high street. Welcome back to Woolworths!”

In response, one person wrote: “Apart from pick ‘n’ mix and the top 40 singles, cheap but good quality homeware like saucepans and picture frames and doormats and pillows. And sewing thread and needles. And shoe polish. And seeds and compost and plant pots. Everything Just what it was before, that’s all.”

Another said “I want pick n mix and lots of gift items”.

Another person added: “It’s got to be kid friendly. Easy access, wide aisles and full of stuff kids love. Comics, books, stationary, pic ‘n’ mix etc. Don’t try and stock a little bit of everything… Decide your market and stick to just that.”

However, not everyone is convinced the news is really true. One person wrote ‘obviously a hoax’ and another said the news is a ‘twisted and cruel PRANK’.

Another wrote ‘it’s a scam’ and a third added ‘it’s fake news’. 

Do you hope the news is true or not?! 

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Scooters are now available in Salford for public use

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Salford City Council and the University of Salford are said to be thrilled to be trialling the new project.

The Department for Transport has opened the doors for cities, including Salford, to trial new schemes for renting e-scooters.

Previously banned in the UK, the introduction of e-scooters is to discourage workers from using their cars in cities.

Lime, the company behind the e-scooter trial, is a US-based company that currently already operates in London, Milton Keynes, Europe and of course the USA.

With great success in other cities, we can’t wait to see the scooters take off in Salford.

Costing £1 to unlock then an additional 15p per minute whilst you’re out and about. Each scooter is also fitted with an alarm which will activate if someone tried to move it without unlocking.

It’s important you remember to obey traffic laws, to ride safely in the bike lane or street and to wear a helmet.

Will you be trialing the new scooters? Let us know! 

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Manchester United set to deliver 5,000 free meals for local kids over half-term

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Manchester United have announced they will be delivering 5,000 free meals to children over half-term.

Food provided by charity FareShare will be processed and packaged into individual meals at Old Trafford by United staff this week.

It will then be shipped out to local Manchester United Foundation partner schools. 

The six schools involved include Waterhead Academy, Dean Trust Rose Bridge, The East Manchester Academy, Manchester Enterprise Academy, Manchester Academy, Stretford High School. Other charities will also receive some of the meals as part of the scheme.

It comes as United Striker, Marcus Rashford, campaigned to extend free meal provision until Easter 2021. MP’s voted against the action last week but are now facing a lot of pressure to reverse their decision. 

A statement from the club reads: “Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, more and more families are dealing with food poverty,”

“The impact of the virus has exacerbated an existing problem and, with unemployment rising and the economic crisis biting hard, many are struggling with reduced income.

“As a result, many families and children simply do not have enough food and are going hungry. This initiative does not solve the issue locally, but will make a significant difference to the lives of hundreds of families across Greater Manchester.”

John Shiels, the chief executive of the Manchester United Foundation, added: “We’re incredibly proud and humbled to be working with FareShare over October half-term.

“This initiative will go a long way to ensuring that pupils from our partner schools and families using local food-banks have fresh meals to eat, during what we know is a difficult time for many.

“We’ve seen first-hand how children from socially challenged backgrounds can be even more vulnerable when they’re not in school, it’s therefore imperative to be present in their lives throughout the school holidays, showing that we care and the Foundation is always here to support.”

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