The Government is “carefully considering next steps” after failing to reach an agreement with northern leaders over Tier 3 restrictions in Greater Manchester.
Ministers have clashed with northern leaders over the terms under which people in Manchester will face tougher coronavirus restrictions.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the Commons during a statement on Monday that the Government is “working hard” to secure a Tier 3 deal with Greater Manchester.
A Government spokesman later confirmed that a deal had not been reached.
“A meeting between government and local leaders in Greater Manchester has concluded this afternoon following discussions throughout last week, over the weekend and this morning on measures necessary to protect the public,” said the Government spokesman.
“Disappointingly, we have still not been able to reach an agreement.
“This is particularly concerning against the backdrop of rising cases and hospitalisations in Greater Manchester. We are carefully considering next steps.”
Mr Hancock said there are “early signs” the restrictions in the North East are starting to work, before urging caution.
He told MPs: “The message to everybody in the North East is there are early signs this is starting to work but we’re not there yet.
“So let’s all stick with it, work together, support each other, support the NHS and absolutely we will bring in the economic support to ensure both we help businesses as much as possible, help employers and help individuals through this crisis and then the levelling up agenda after that is something that is vital to unite the whole country.”Conservative minister Sir Graham Brady said many are “Conservative minister Sir Graham Brady said many are “sceptical” that closing pubssceptical” that closing pubs, bingo halls and gyms will make a “significant difference” to the spread of Covid-19.