December 2020 news bulletin

Welcome to our final newsletter of 2020 - where we 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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Since coming out of the second national lockdown early on in December, here in Greater Manchester we have been under Tier 3 restrictions to help us minimise the spread of COVID-19.

Yesterday (December 21) Greater Manchester's ten directors of Public Health shared a statement asking that anyone who has travelled to our city-region from any Tier 4 area or Wales to act as if they have the new variant of COVID-19 and self-isolate for at least ten days when they arrive here. The ten days should start from December 19. Read more about this on GMCA's website.

Thank you for doing your bit to help bring the number of COVID-19 cases down across the city-region, and please do continue to keep yourself and others safe as we head into 2021.

Find out more on
our website and from your local council about how you can help.

A new helpline offering support services to victims of crime in Greater Manchester was launched on Monday, December 21, 2020.

The Greater Manchester Crime Support Line will provide support to victims of crime who may have concerns about how their crime has been recorded by Greater Manchester Police GMP, or would like support to help them cope and recover.

The service is independent of the police and is being delivered by charity organisation Victim Support on behalf of Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA).

Read more about the launch of the helpline on GMCA's website.
Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, wishes everyone a merry Christmas and well-deserved rest after this very tough year.

Help your loved ones stay safe with Christmas e-card

GMFRS is asking residents to help make sure everyone stays safe from fire this Christmas by sending a special festive e-card.

'Keeping Well this Winter' booklet for older people

A winter campaign is ongoing to support our older residents to keep well this winter, and includes a booklet full of tips and advice.

Young Person's Guarantee gets green light from leaders

On Friday, December 18, Greater Manchester's leaders were brought up to speed on work that has taken place developing a Guarantee for young people.

Don't suffer in silence this Christmas 

Even during the current restrictions you can leave home to avoid or escape risk of injury or harm. If you, or someone else is in immediate danger always dial 999

Greater Manchester Digital Inclusion Taskforce launched 

A new taskforce has been launched to deliver our ambition to make Greater Manchester a 100 per cent digitally-enabled city-region.

New firefighters complete intense training course

GMFRS has welcomed its latest apprentice firefighters thanks to the Co-op and Greater Manchester's Levy Matchmaking Service.

A short video has been produced by GMFRS, working closely with the Greater Manchester High-Rise Task Force and Manchester Cladiators to help keep residents living in high-rise properties safe in their homes.

Please take a few moments to find out some top safety tips - which apply to everyone and not just those living in flats - and follow our #12DaysOfFireSafety campaign on Twitter and Facebook. 
Find out more about this on GMFRS' website.

How do you use Local Data in Greater Manchester?

We are looking at the use of open data in Greater Manchester as part of our Local Data Review to help us make better decisions.

Help protect your business from seasonal scams

Greater Manchester Cyber Resilience Centre has shared nine tips to keep businesses safe from scams this Christmas.

Greater Manchester celebrates digital milestones

One thing for sure, 2020 has been a busy year for the Greater Manchester digital sector. Read more in our one year review story.

Thanks for sharing your views this year

We have heard from more than 10,000 people through our online survey hub GMConsult during 2020 and supported many key initiatives.

Have your say:
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