August 2021 news bulletin

Welcome to the latest GMCA newsletter - where we bring you updates from Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS), and Mayor of Greater Manchester, in a bid to keep the people of Greater Manchester informed and ensure they are receiving all of the right advice and guidance in relation to COVID-19.

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On Monday, July 19, most legal restrictions to control COVID-19 were lifted in England. However, virus rates remain high so we all need to continue being careful and cautious, even if we have been vaccinated.

We are continuing to encourage people to wear face coverings in crowded areas and on public transport. Anyone using the Metrolink network, bus stations or transport interchanges in Greater Manchester must still wear a face covering unless exempt. It is also recommended:

  • All adults get both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine
  • If you are meeting up with people try and do so outdoors or if indoors to let fresh air in by opening doors and windows
  • Everyone takes free, regular lateral flow coronavirus tests twice a week
  • Everyone washes their hands regularly for 20 seconds
Passing of Councillor David Greenhalgh, Bolton leader
On July 29, Bolton Council shared sad news that its leader, Councillor David Greenhalgh, had passed away. View statements on GMCA's website.
Passing of Lord Peter Smith, former Wigan leader
On, August 3, former Wigan Council leader Peter Smith, sadly passed away. Statements from GMCA's Chief Executive and Mayor are on GMCA's website
Support for young people to access food over summer
Greater Manchester has stepped up to support young people to access food over the school holidays by providing Healthy Start Vouchers.
More than 1,000 people to learn retrofitting skills 
Greater Manchester has taken its first key steps towards becoming carbon neutral by 2038 through the launch of a training academy.
This month, young people across Greater Manchester received GCSE, A Level and BTEC results and many might not know what they want to do next.

The Greater Manchester Apprenticeship and Careers Service (GMACS) exists to help young people design their next steps.

website is a hub of tools, opportunities, events and more, bringing together different stages of the career planning process, allowing young people to navigate their choices and develop skills to start their working life.
New community accommodation service 
A multi-million pound scheme to address homelessness among ex-prisoners is expected to help 500 people over the coming year.
Have your say on 'Places for Everyone'
Consultation began on August 9, with Greater Manchester residents invited to have their say on jobs, new homes and sustainable growth.
If you’re part of a small or medium sized business in Greater Manchester, you are invited to join a webinar to find out about the benefits of hiring apprentices, and support on offer to help you do this.  

The session is scheduled to take place on August 25 at 10am. Find out more and book your place now. 
Green Home Grants for homeowners
Homeowners in Greater Manchester still have the opportunity to save money on their heating bills while ensuring their homes are energy efficient.
Renew shops open in Greater Manchester
Pre-loved household items donated by residents are now on sale at three recycling sites, as part of a partnership between GMCA and SUEZ.
Cyber Security Guide: 'Helping you stay secure when heading back to the office'
The North West Cyber Resilience Centre (NWCRC) has shared a new 'Back to the Office' guide to help people as they start to head back into offices, helping to reinforce some cyber security basics.

The new guide is free and can be downloaded on
NWCRC's website.
GMFRS set to recruit next cohort of firefighters
If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a firefighter in Greater Manchester head to the Greater Jobs website now to express your interest.
New fire service museum set to open
Fireground is the new fire service museum for Greater Manchester and will open to the public on Saturday, August 14, 2021.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service's latest water safety campaign will continue to run over the coming weeks.

The campaign builds on the successes of last year's drowning prevention activities, and is again focused around the stories of friends and family members who have lost loved ones.

Read more about the campaign on GMFRS' website and follow on social media using #DrowningPrevention and #WaterSafey.
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Find out more about Greater Manchester Combined Authority
People often ask what GMCA is and what we do. More information about how the Combined Authority works, what our powers are and how we run can be found by clicking this link.

Our People, Our Place - the Greater Manchester Strategy
The Greater Manchester Strategy sets out our vision to make Greater Manchester one of the best places in the world to grow up, get on in life, and grow older. It's been written by all 10 councils, the Mayor, the NHS, transport, police and the fire service, with help from businesses, voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations, and members of the public. Find out more at
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