October 2020 news bulletin

We are continuing to bring you updates from Greater Manchester Combined Authority, the Mayor of Greater Manchester and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service 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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Greater Manchester is currently in discussions with the Government about our city-region moving from Tier 2 to Tier 3 COVID-19 restrictions.

We all need to continue to do our bit to help stop the spread of the virus. Find out more on our website and from your local council about how you can help do your bit.

The latest of the weekly COVID-19 press conferences took place on Wednesday, October 14 - when the Mayor and local leaders opposed the Tier 3 lockdown restrictions being brought in by the Government without sufficient financial support.

The Mayor also took part in a press conference on October 15 with Deputy Mayor Bev Hughes, Sir Richard Leese and Cllr Sean Fielding, which was followed by a 
joint statement from leaders on October 16. 

A letter was also sent to the Prime Minister and Party Leaders on Sunday, October 18, focussing on support for people and businesses in Greater Manchester to be affected by Tier 3 restrictions. You can
read this on our website.

Hate Crime Plan launches in Greater Manchester

The new plan launched during national hate crime awareness week and encourages people to report hate crime while improving support for victims.

Youth Task Force seeking commitments - can you help?

As part of ongoing work developing the Young Person's Guarantee, Task Force Chair, Diane Modahl, is reaching out to organisations to ask them for support.

Did you get involved with any Digitober events?

This month saw several events and activities take place to allow residents and businesses to benefit from digital opportunities. 

GMFRS launches Halloween and Bonfire Night campaign

Stay home, stay safe and protect our emergency services is the message from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service this autumn. 

Greater Manchester has joined together with community organisations and the city-region’s councils to mark Black History Month.
Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham was among a distinguished panel of speakers at a Caribbean and African Health Network event to launch the month. Speakers included the Dean of Manchester Rogers Govender and Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust director Evelyn Asante-Mensah.
Andy also took part in a discussion hosted by Manchester University, following a talk given by with the journalist Professor Gary Younge.
Recruitment has also been taking place for Greater Manchester’s new Race Equality Panel – and more than 150 applications were received by the deadline on 18 October. Andy has pledged that the panel will hold public services to account for their work to improve race equality.

Photo competition open until November 13

A contest showcasing older people's lives and contribution to society is underway, with six categories for entrants to choose from.

Are you a small or medium sized business?

The Cyber Resilience Centre works in partnership with businesses to grown and strengthen their resilience to online and cyber attacks.

Youth Advisory Group member blogs to help others

Youth Task Force member, Olivia, shared a blog post about how COVID-19 is impacting young people mentally.

Youth Combined Authority (YCA) selects leadership team

YCA appoints new Chair and welcomes new roles to the group - including leads in communications, inclusivity and digital.

Have your say
Clean Air Plan and Minimum Licensing Standards in Greater Manchester

Two major public consultations have been launched to get a wide range of views on the city-region’s plans to reduce harmful air pollution on local roads and introduce minimum standards for all taxis and private hire vehicles licensed in the area. 

People and businesses across the city-region and beyond are being invited to help shape the final plans by taking part in the consultations. 
You can request further support, including copies of consultation documentations, on 0161 244 1100. You can also visit virtual engagement space or register to attend a webinar or drop in sessions, you can find the dates and times on the Clean Air Plan website.

City-centre Transport Strategy

Manchester Council has sought views to shape the future of transport in the city-centre and make travel better. Since 2018 they have had many discussions with local residents, commuters, businesses and interest groups to learn how they want to travel into and around the centre of Greater Manchester, and how they would shape the next phase of improvements to roads, rail, tram, bus, bike, pedestrian and public spaces.

That's why the proposed strategy reflects the strongest calls from these discussions, including those for more space for pedestrians and bikes, and cleaner, greener more sustainable travel options.

Alongside Manchester City Council and Salford City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester has now launched a six-week consultation and want to make sure that ambitions for city centre travel are right for you. 
You can also email at or telephone 0161 244 1100 for further information.
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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
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GMCA News Bulletin October 2020
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