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Strengthening the role of local welfare assistance schemes

16 Dec 2020 - 14:08 by michelle.foster

gmpaThe 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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Doing Buses Differently: The impact of Covid-19 on our proposals for the future of your buses

16 Dec 2020 - 14:06 by michelle.foster

bus consultationLast 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.

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Join the Tenants' Voices Legislative Theatre online workshops: Arts for advocacy

16 Dec 2020 - 14:04 by michelle.foster

fair housing futuresHave 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.

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Never More Needed

16 Dec 2020 - 10:57 by Mike Wild

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?

Census 2021 will provide a snapshot of modern society

4 Dec 2020 - 09:22 by michelle.foster

censusHouseholds 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.

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