Manchester mayor condemns government’s offer for arena bombing costs

Greater Manchester mayor, Andy Burnham, has condemned the Prime Minister’s offer of £12m for Manchester Arena bombing costs.

Mr Bunham said the offer is “not good enough” and called on the government to make good promises to fund the response to the outrage.

Government sources said £3 million of the £12 million will be made available immediately but the mayor had stated that the actual cost to local councils emergency services and NHS facilities is at least £17 million.

Describing a letter from Mrs May as “inconclusive”, he said: “Here we are, six months on from the attack, at the end of Budget week, and we still don’t have an answer.

“The reason that matters is we are left with the bill. That will mean we have to cut public services to cover those costs. It’s not acceptable for us to be left in this position.”

He added that the offer to Manchester contrasted with the Government’s coverage in full of the costs incurred due to the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy in the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

22 people were killed in the suicide bomb attack during a concert by pop star Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena on 22 May.