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The Government's facing questions over the cost of the response to the Manchester bomb.
Ministers today pledged 12 million pounds to the city that asked for 17 million to pay for the emergency response to the attack at the Arena six months ago.
Earlier this week Theresa May responded to a question from Manchester Central MP Lucy Powell during PMQs, to say that she expected the majority of the money to be made available to city authorities by the end of this week.
We haven’t been trying it on, we’ve put together the evidence to back up our claim. Look at the books, this is what we’ve spent. If we don’t get it back we have to start cutting public services & that can’t be right. We shouldn’t have to plead for this money.
We are absolutely committed to ensuring the victims of this terrible attack and Greater Manchester have all possible support.
We have given strong assurance Manchester will receive £12m. That includes £3m being paid now and a further £1m being made available to support the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.
This is an ongoing process and the Government stands by its commitment to provide all necessary further assistance.
We were assured at the time of the Manchester Arena attack that the costs incurred by the city's public services as a result of that terrible event would be fully supported by government.
This still hasn't happened. While the government has gone some way towards addressing this, for example through a donation of £1m to meet the administrative costs of the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, their response is incomplete and inconclusive.
Manchester will continue to push to ensure that those costs are met in full so there is no knock-on effect on our budget for public services.
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