Leeds news LIVE: Northern leaders call for more cash to cope with looming lockdowns

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By Joe Cooper
Saturday, 10th October 2020, 3:26 pm
Updated Saturday, 10th October 2020, 3:30 pm

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Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis.

Leeds news LIVE: Boris Johnson set to announce new coronavirus restrictions tomorrow

Last updated: Sunday, 11 October, 2020, 18:07

  • New tiered Covid restrictons to be unveiled by Johnson on Monday
  • Northern leaders call for more cash to cope with looming lockdowns

This is what Leeds’ lockdown could look like after Boris Johnson’s announcement

This is what Leeds' lockdown could look like after Boris Johnson's announcement

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to outline what the new three-tiered system of coronavirus restrictions will be in the House of Commons tomorrow (Monday).

Boris Johnson in telephone talks with Cabinet as new Covid regulations loom

Boris Johnson is holding a telephone conference with Cabinet members on Sunday as the Prime Minister prepares to bring in a new three-tier coronavirus restrictions regime.

Mr Johnson’s decision to brief Cabinet ministers on a Sunday is a rare move and comes as Northern leaders have expressed anger at the economic impact of further Covid rules in their areas as talks with the Government appeared tense.

Manchester City Council leader Sir Richard Leese said there was a “large gulf” in discussions about new restrictions.

He told Times Radio: “We seem to have an almost impossible task of penetrating the Westminster bubble.”

However, the Government signalled local councils would be given more control over the coronavirus test and trace programme.

This came as England’s deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said the country is at a tipping point similar to the first wave of coronavirus, but can prevent history repeating itself.

Millions could be banned from mixing under new Covid rules

Millions of people could be banned from mixing indoors and outdoors and thousands of pubs forced to close under new coronavirus restrictions due to be announced on Monday.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to outline a new three-tiered system of restrictions with measures expected to force pubs and restaurants shut across the north of England - including Leeds.

Reports suggest under the top tier no household mixing will be allowed either, which could affect millions of people living in areas with high Covid-19 rates across England.

Leaders across Northern England criticised the plans, accusing the Government of treating the region as “second-class” and did not rule out possible legal action.

Three Yorkshire wedding venues were shut down after breaching Covid-19 regulations by allowing 150 guests to attend.

Weddings are allowed to go ahead but the maximum number of people allowed to attend is 15.

Meanwhile, Leeds City Council has offered advice for people wanting to celebrate Halloween during the coronavirus pandemic.

Mixing outside is not technically illegal, but is strongly advised against by Leeds City Council.

West Yorkshire leaders

Yesterday, West Yorkshire leaders revealed their seven point plan to control coronavirus in the region.

They said there was ‘major concern’ over the rising rates in the area.

The announcement comes amid a rise in coronavirus cases across the north of England.

Yesterday, it was announced there were eight further deaths of people in hospital with coronavirus in Yorkshire.

For the full breakdown of stats, see here.

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Boris Johnson is set to announce a new three-tiered system of coronavirus restrictions tomorrow.

We’ll have all the build up as the day goes on.

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Northern leaders call for more cash to cope with looming lockdowns

Leaders across northern England are urging the Government to provide more cash to support areas which face going into further lockdowns or risk “levelling down” the region.

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said that accepting Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s financial package would be to “surrender” people to hardship in the run up to Christmas.

Speaking at a press conference with political leaders from Liverpool, Sheffield and Tyneside on Saturday, Mr Burnham said the measures risked “severe redundancies” and business closures.

He added: “To accept the Chancellor’s package as outlined yesterday would be to surrender our residents to hardship in the run up to Christmas and our businesses to potential failure or collapse.

“We are not prepared to do that.

“It will level down the north of England and widen the north-south divide.”

His comments come as Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to outline a new three-tiered system of restrictions on Monday with measures expected to see pubs and restaurants shut across the north of England.

Under the three-tier system, different parts of the country would be placed in different categories, with areas in the highest level expected to face tough restrictions such as hospitality venues closing.

Mr Sunak announced on Friday that workers in businesses which are forced to close under the new restrictions will have two thirds of their wages paid by the Government.

Mr Burnham said he was calling for cross-party support from MPs across the North for a vote in Parliament on the support proposals announced by the Chancellor.

“I would not rule out a legal challenge,” he said.

In an open letter published alongside the press conference the leaders added: “We believe the Government should bring forward a separate vote on the financial package to provide an opportunity to reject the current financial package and requiring the Government to return with an improved package taking account of the important points we have raised.

“We would ask that you use whatever routes might be open to you to bring about a vote in the House.”

The letter is signed by Mr Burnham, Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram, Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis, Mayor of North of Tyne Jamie Driscoll, and Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council.

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