Conservative Candidate welcomes Government support for businesses

The Conservative’s Greater Manchester Mayoral candidate has welcomed the Government’s 60m package of extra financial support for the whole region.

The Prime Minister confirmed the government will be giving the extra funding as the region goes into the highest tier on Friday.

Greater Manchester has already had £223 million in coronavirus-related support since March, on top of £1.1 billion in reliefs and grants for businesses.

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The money is made up of £200 million in grants to help costs of revenue pressures, £19 million to develop local outbreak plans and £4 million from the test and trace service support grant. Greater Manchester is now eligible for a further £22 million for test and trace support.

Welcoming the news, Laura Evans, who is standing for the Conservatives in next May’s mayoral elections, said: “I think it goes without saying that these are unprecedented times and my heart goes out to everyone who has suffered at the hands of this terrible disease, whether that is health-related or financially.

“In Greater Manchester, infection rates are among the highest in the country – up more than 300 per cent between September and October and it is vital that we get on top of this and bring these rates.

“I and my fellow Conservatives across our region do not want businesses her to suffer, so this extra funding will go to support them.”

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