MANCHESTER TERROR ATTACK FAMILIES TO RECEIVE QUARTER OF A MILLION POUNDS EACH

Each family of those who died in the Manchester terror attack is to receive a quarter of a million pounds from the We Love Manchester Fund.

The public donated to this fund to help those affected by the attack at an Ariana Grande concert which killed 22 and injured many others.

Sue Murphy, chair of the fund and deputy leader of Manchester city council, told The Guardian that the next of kin of the victims will receive £250,000 each.

She said they have already received the first £70,000 and should get the rest in the next few weeks.

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The sum of the money goes to just one family member – the one named as next of kin – but Ms Murphy said exceptions can be made for special cases such as divorced parents of children who died in the attack.

“The money is given as a gift so it’s up to them what they do with it,” she said.

Those injured have also received money from the fund.

57 people who spent seven or more nights in the hospital have received £60,000 each so far.

96 people who spent between one night and seven days in hospital have so far been given £3,500 each and some could receive more if they recovered quickly but had to return to hospital for further operations after the blast.

Ms Murphy said she had been assured by the Department of Work and Pensions that anyone who receives this money will not have their benefits cut.

She also said it is separate from compensation from the government’s Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.

The chair of the fund said she is frustrated that the government has not yet pledged to cover the cost of administering the fund.

This will be around 5 per cent of the total – around £450,000.

She said: “We remain frustrated that the government has not yet agreed to fund the administration costs. We believe that the members of the public who generously donated to the We Love Manchester appeal want to see their money to directly to the victims”.

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