Andy Burnham has claimed that Theresa May and the government have failed on their promise to pay the full cost of the damage caused by the Manchester Terror Attacks.
The attack where a devastating terror attack in the foyer after an Ariana Grande concert killed 22 people took place on May 22. Since then the arena has officially reopened its doors and did so with a special gig featuring Noel Gallagher and Courteeners.
Grande paid tribute to the victims of the attack only weeks after the incident with a One Love Manchester concert featured performances from Grande herself as well as Miley Cyrus, Liam Gallagher, Coldplay, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry.
However, Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham claims that the government has reimbursed Greater Manchester with only £12 million of the full £28 million required to deal with the aftermath of the attack.
As The Guardian report, this has left the NHS and other services “significantly short”. Burnham has received a letter from Theresa May saying that the government would pay only the “reasonable costs” relating to the terrorist attack.
Burnham responded to the letter by noting that the Home Office was “inconclusive” in terms of how much the government would actually pay back. He continied: “On the NHS they have met the mental health element but not other aspects of the massive extra costs the NHS incurred, including overtime and many other things”.
“It’s not good enough. We’re not trying it on here. It’s all reasonable,” Burnham concluded.
In August, Andy Burnham spoke about the reopening of the Manchester Arena, describing it as a “symbol of defiance”.
The mayor said the venue reopening just under four months after the May 22 attack was a “symbol of the city going back together. Our determination, if you like.”