#KayBurley questions the housing secretary Robert Jenrick over which local areas are in Tier 3, the highest level of restrictions under the new lockdown system.
On claims that the PM ignored scientists, Robert Jenrick tells Kay Burley that Boris Johnson took action initially in September by introducing the rule of six and the 10pm curfew, and considered the new tier structure announced yesterday.
Mr Jenrick adds the government has worked closely with local authorities – but doubled down on a warning from Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty that it could go further.
SAGE has recommended a two-week “circuit-breaker” lockdown, which the government has ignored, but Mr Jenrick said that it is a balance, adding the government has taken “robust action” to look at the economy and health together.
Nottingham has the highest infection rate in England but will go into the Tier 2 – which Mr Jenrick defended. He said the government has looked at more than just the infection rate and has factored in other things when making its decision.
Steve Rotherham, mayor of the Liverpool City Region, criticised the government last night saying he never agreed to any measures – but the minister says that is not a fair representation of what happened, saying he had discussion with local politicians in the region.
Mr Jenrick says that the test and trace scheme has had some success, despite its £12bn cost.
Going back to Tier 3 restrictions, which will allow people to buy alcohol only with a substantial meal, Mr Jenrick says that he defines it as a meal for lunch or dinner – rather than just a packet of crisps or a plate of chips.
He also admits it would be difficult live on £5.84, which is what some people may have to live on in Tier 3 areas after the government announced it would pay two-thirds of wages for employees of businesses that have been closed.
Watch Kay Burley at 7am today
We’ll hear from the housing secretary, Robert Jenrick for the government, as well as Labour’s shadow health secretary, Jonathan Ashworth.
Kay will also speak to St Helen’s MP Conor McGinn, and Solihull councillor Ian Courts with their response to yesterday’s announcement.
Andy Burnham, mayor of Greater Manchester will also speak to Sky News, as will the authority’s night time economy adviser, Sacha Lord.