Responding to the Prime Minister and Chancellor’s press conference, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, Dan Jarvis, said: “The Chancellor says he has a comprehensive plan to protect jobs and businesses, but the reality is there a gaping holes in the support on offer to regions like South Yorkshire.

“South Yorkshire is currently placed on ‘high alert’ and should not have to see the situation deteriorate to the worst-case scenario before the Treasury steps in. Lives and livelihoods will be lost.

“It’s reckless to impose new restrictions if they do not go hand in hand with a local lockdown lifeline. Otherwise regional leaders are trying to protect lives, jobs and businesses on the cheap.

“I will be raising the matter with the Chancellor and Ministers at the earliest opportunity, to ensure our region receives the resources we need to get the virus under control.”