The government is concerned about Andy Burnham's soapbox moment

Burnham enjoys a "soapbox moment": Manchester Mayor accused of seeking attention as Treasury Department warns Boris not to issue a blank check

  • Chancellor Rishi Sunak was warned of the Prime Minister not to give in to Andy Burnham
  • The Mayor of Manchester wants additional funding for his region
  • Downing Street sources are concerned about what could happen in this situation

Rishi Sunak has warned that backing down on Andy Burnham's call for more cash will oblige the Treasury Department to find huge sums for other areas where Covid restrictions are in place.

Today, when Downing Street seeks another round of talks with the defiant Mayor of Manchester about introducing Tier 3 rules in the city, the Chancellor is alarmed at the thought of facing another big bill.

When asked about the prospect of handouts for each area that was promoted to Tier 3 status, a Treasury insider asked, "Who will pay for it?" Another source said, “If you give a pot of money, it sets a precedent. Then anyone who goes into tier 3 will want a pot of money. & # 39;

Rishi Sunak has warned that backing down on Andy Burnham's call for more cash will oblige the Treasury Department to find huge sums of money for other areas where Covid restrictions are in place

The pictured Rishi Sunak is unwilling to allow the local mayors to promise additional Covid expenses

The Rishi Sunak pictured is unwilling to allow local mayors to promise additional c

However, it is understood that Mr Sunak will not block additional economic measures for the Greater Manchester area if it is "necessary to get them across the line" in negotiations with Mr Burnham.

The former Secretary of Labor is expected to use media interviews today to put pressure on Boris Johnson. As the stalemate grew worse, an ally of Mr. Sunak accused Mr. Burnham of using the virus as his "soap box moment".

Mr Burnham and other local leaders are pushing for more safeguards for the vulnerable, additional financial aid and stronger local powers to shut down venues that violate virus guidelines.

A source close to the talks said: “The leaders are determined. They say they will meet government officials again, but the support package has to be better and they are not convinced that Tier 3 measures will make a difference. & # 39; Labor mayors are putting lives at risk by refusing to agree to measures, Johnson said, and they are expected to be ranked Tier 3 tomorrow even if no agreement is reached.

136 deaths were recorded yesterday, but scientists have warned that could climb to 690 by the end of the month

"They'll be locked on Monday," said one Tory MP. & # 39; The government will give them a little more money. Boris has to hold on, stick to what he promised, and see if it works. & # 39; The MP warned that public finances were in a “downward spiral” adding: “There is a big hole in the ground and we are digging on. We have said goodbye to our senses. & # 39;

The prospect of spending more money on areas in Tier 3, including a ban on socializing indoors with people who aren't part of your household or a support bubble, came when Mr Sunak warned ministers to turn away at the start of the Negotiate your belts on budgets prior to spending review.

A government source said ministers were "surprised at how tough" the Treasury Department had been in responding to their proposals.

Pressure on the Treasury Department will increase as more areas of the country face tighter restrictions this week.

A Northeast MP said councils in the area were warned in a phone call with Health Secretary Matt Hancock that they could be classified as Tier 3. Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire are expected to see tighter restrictions within a few days.

Mr Johnson's tense negotiations with Mr Burnham are under pressure from some backers over the decision to add London and Essex to Tier 2. Five Tory MPs in Essex have written to the Prime Minister asking for more assistance. One, Sir Bernard Jenkin, said: “We are facing a much better situation regarding Covid than we were in the spring. We protected companies back then, why on earth should they go bankrupt now? & # 39;