November 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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We entered our second national lockdown on November 5 - which is set to be in place until December 2.

Thank you to everyone who is doing what they can to help minimise the spread of the virus. 
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.

The latest of the weekly COVID-19 press conferences took place on Wednesday, November 11 - when the Mayor and local leaders covered a number of key topics such as the COVID-19 vaccine.

OneGM campaign launches to help those struggling

OneGM brings together different sectors to help those who are struggling in the VCSE sector as a result of the pandemic.

Alcohol Awareness Week November 16-22

This year's dedicated week will focus on alcohol and its link to mental health and help people to look after themselves.

Our Pass announces jobs for young people

Four young people will be recruited into ambassador roles - which will lead to two full-time apprenticeships for local young people.

New home improvement grants to help residents

GMCA has secured £4.7 million of funding to run the Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery scheme in partnership with E.ON. 

Digital Inclusion Agenda for Change

We are excited to launch the Digital Inclusion Agenda for Change with a bold ambition to make Greater Manchester fully digitally-enabled.

Bonfire Night quietest for crews since 2005

Despite this Bonfire Night being the quietest on record for GMFRS for 15 years, firefighters came under attack while doing their job.

We've produced a series of resources to support nurseries, childminders and families during the pandemic.

This includes videos to reassure parents that early years settings are safe and important for their child’s development.

Find out more on
Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership's website.

Slow down and stay safe on the roads 

This upcoming Road Safety Week the focus is 'no need to speed'. Keep a look out on GMFRS' social channels from November 16.

Cyber awareness training - December 1

Greater Manchester's Cyber Resilience Centre is hosting a webinar to help protect businesses from cybersecurity threats.

Youth Advisory Group members share blogs

As part of ongoing work to develop a Guarantee for young people in Greater Manchester, local young people have been busy blogging.

Plan for homes, jobs and the environment

Sign up now to hear about the launch of the consultation on December 1 for the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework.

Greater Manchester Digital Drive

GMCA is partnering with The Hut Group to launch Greater Manchester's Digital Drive to help local businesses.

Virtual festive session for adults - November 30

You can join in with an interactive session with activities, films and top tips on how to reduce waste and recycle right this Christmas.

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.
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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GMCA News Bulletin November 2020
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