Published: 20th Oct 2020

The government’s current tiered lockdown approach is causing ‘profound damage’ to local economies, city leaders have warned. The Core Cities group has written to the prime minister, claiming the government’s current policy is leading to ‘rising levels of frustration across our communities’. The letter adds that ‘this is not a moment for centralised command and control’ and that as cities ‘we need dialogue and tailored solutions, not one size fits all’. Last week, Boris Johnson announced the new three-tier lockdown system for England, with different levels of restrictions in each tier. But the introduction of the new system has not been without problems. The mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham has been highly critical of the government as it has tried to place his area in Tier 3. The Core Cities letter, which is signed by Manchester City Council’s leader, Sir Richard Leese, states that lockdown levels must be a … (To read the full article, subscribe below)