Lancashire set to get final offer on Tier 3 Covid status
Lancashire leaders will meet with government officials within the next hour – just 30 minutes before the health secretary is expected to make a statement to the Commons, in which he could confirm whether all or parts of the county are to be shifted into Tier 3 of the coronavirus restrictions.
Discussions between local authority chiefs and Downing Street are now entering their seventh day, with the government understood to be keen to move Lancashire into the “very high" alert level. That would mean the closure of non-food pubs and bars – and potentially some other non-essential services.
Household mixing in all indoor and most outdoor settings would also be banned.
Lancashire has been trying to negotiate a funding package worth nearly £50m more than the £12m believed to be on offer from the government - including a massive discretionary grant scheme to support businesses directly or indirectly affected by a tougher lockdown.
As the Local Democracy Reporting Service revealed last night, there is still no agreement on a deal – but the timing of this morning’s meeting suggests Lancashire could be about to be made a take-it-or-leave-it offer.