The government used to operate a crisis support scheme called the Discretionary Social Fund. This supported vulnerable people to live independently in their homes, and people facing a sudden financial crisis. It was an important and necessary part of the social security safety net, preventing people from falling into hardship and alleviating pressure on other parts of the welfare system.
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Last year, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) held a consultation on a proposed franchising scheme. This would bring buses under local control as part of an integrated transport network. In June, GMCA received the results of the consultation but decided, before a final decision could be made, that the impact of Covid-19 on the bus market and the proposed franchising scheme should be considered.
Have you experienced challenges as a tenant in the private rental sector?
Do you have ideas to improve tenant-landlord relations, or to protect tenants' rights?
Want to make a change?
Led by theatre facilitator Katy Rubin, these drop-in workshops will lead to an opportunity to participate in a community theatre project to support and strengthen tenants' rights.
The Greater Manchester Social Value Network are hosting an online launch event of their Manifesto. You will have opportunity to:
It’s an old question: “have you ever wondered what it would be like if….?” (Bit of a cliché in fact, but go with me, it’s the end of a long difficult year...)
On the day I’m writing this, we’re asking that question about the work of local charities, community groups, faith groups, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Have you ever wondered what it would be like if they just weren’t there?
Children arriving in the UK are looking for safety – but they are faced with hostility.
Manchester City Council’s net revenue budget – the budget used to deliver services – is just over £666m. More than half of this budget is spent on Health and Social Care, and Children’s Services.
The council is facing a difficult budget position in 2021/22.
Households across Manchester will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021.
The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.
In this issue GM Poverty Action review Living Wage Week 2020, which despite being online was busy and successful, and an article looks at the links between debt and ill health. There is an update on the Good Food Bag and there are a number of short items.