SURVIVORS of the Manchester Arena bomb who suffered psychological injuries are to benefit from the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.

Payments totalling almost £3 million has been released from the charity set up to help victims of the terrorist attack at the venue. Survivors who were in the foyer of the arena and directly exposed to the bomb attack will be eligible for payments of £10,000 if they have been assessed as being ‘functionally impaired’.

The announcement comes as leaders have declared Manchester 'open for business' as additional safety measures are put in to protect people at this year's Manchester Christmas Markets.

Large steel and concrete barriers have been placed around the markets for the first time this year and armed officers will patrol the area.

The measures are to make people feel as safe as possible while enjoying the events.

People are being urged to remain vigilant while out and to report anything suspicious to officers.