● Families of the bereaved will be eligible for £250,000 in total
● The Emergency Fund has now reached £18m
Families bereaved following the Manchester Arena attack will be eligible to receive a further £180,000 from the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, following a decision by the charity’s trustees.
The families have already been able to claim £70,000 from the Fund. The new announcement brings the final total they could receive to £250,000. The payments will ensure the families benefit from the phenomenal outpouring of public support following the attack.
The We Love Manchester Emergency Fund has currently raised £18m, with donations still coming in. This latest round of payment will mean an additional £4m will be distributed from the Fund. Combined with earlier payments this will mean more than £9m will have been distributed, more than half of the current total.
The money is a gift from the people of Manchester and the rest of the world and as such, there are no conditions to receiving the money. The Emergency Fund has provided access to free financial counselling for the bereaved families.
The trustees will now decide how and when to distribute the rest of the money, including making awards to those who have been seriously injured by the attack.
Councillor Sue Murphy, chair of the trustees of the fund, said: “The city and the world responded with such extreme kindness, generosity and solidarity in the aftermath of the Manchester Arena attack.
“Thanks to this we have raised more than £18m and we were conscious that we had to get some of swiftly this to those with immediate needs.
“We have therefore given a around third of the total to the bereaved families and £3.5m to those who were hospitalised after the attack. In total this means we have allocated over half of the existing money already.
“We will now spend some time looking at how we will distribute the rest of the funds. This will be a complex and sensitive process as we will need to assess the long-term impacts of the attack. We will issue an update as soon as we know more.”
Flat rate payments had already been given to families of the bereaved, those who were in hospital for more than seven days, and those who were hospitalised overnight.