UK Gov should honour the £17m bill that Manchester Council need after the Arena bombing

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Nearly six months after Manchester was devastated by its worst ever terror attack , police, health and council services are still waiting for the funding they had expected from Whitehall.

Manchester council needs more than £17m for what it and the emergency services spent dealing with the 22 May bombing. The council asked for that amount to pay for emergency services extra costs. 

It's understood so far Greater Manchester Police is facing a bill of around £9m - including the cost of bringing in emergency help from other forces.

Support provided by health and council services, such as counselling for people caught up in the blast, has left a further £8m financial black hole.

The government has confirmed Manchester WON'T get full amount of cash and has offered £12m. 

The Government should support its citizens in their "hour of need" and pay the bill required by the council. 



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