On 8 March 2021, the Government began to ease restrictions across the country as part of a four-stage plan to provide us with a ‘roadmap out of lockdown'. VCSE sector organisations are eager to reconvene groups, utilise office spaces and provide much needed support to their beneficiaries as safely and effectively as possible. Different stages of the roadmap will impact organisations in very specific ways and interpreting the information available is not without grey areas.
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Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has published proposals for a 'Gender Based Abuse Strategy: The Greater Manchester Strategy to Tackle Violence Against Women and Girls'.
A new briefing by women’s rights charities highlights that over 60,000 women and girls in Manchester have experienced extensive violence and abuse in their lifetime. It calls for all local authorities in Greater Manchester to work together to ensure the most marginalised women are included and involved in its Covid-19 recovery plans.
The latest GM Poverty Action newsletter announces the appointment of four new non-executive directors to the GMPA board. Reflecting on the ‘Strengthening the role of local welfare provision’ report – GM Poverty Action consider what the next steps should be and share a report on the rising costs of childcare as providers struggle to remain sustainable.
On 6 May 2021, the people of Greater Manchester will elect their Mayor. (The election was originally due to take place on 7 May 2020 but postponed due to Covid-19). The current Mayor is Andy Burnham (Labour).
The Mayor of Greater Manchester has significant decision making powers over budgets and priorities for transport, housing and planning, fire and police services and wields considerable ‘soft power’ across the city region. They will have a significant impact on the future of all VCSE organisations and our ambitions.
In the latest newsletter from GM Poverty Action, Action for Children’s Imran Hussain writes about the continuing Universal Credit fight and Jo Evans from GMCA raises the issue of gambling related harm. There is an article about Manchester Credit Union as they celebrate their 30th anniversary and brief information about the Census 2021.
Leaders of voluntary sector organisations in Gorton and Levenshulme have shared their experiences and views of working at a neighbourhood level during the Covid-19 crisis in a new Macc publication, No Going Back - Gorton and Levenshulme:
Rishi Sunak's first proper Budget as Chancellor broke from tradition, with most of the big announcements being made in the press from last weekend.
You can read NAVCA’s response (disappointment) to this budget here 'All aboard the Budget Bus' written by Clare Mills, Head of Communications and External Affairs.
In the latest newsletter GM Poverty Action share information about two online events they are holding to explore the findings and recommendations in their report – Strengthening the role of local welfare assistance.
There are also details about a GM Living Wage event to discuss the Greater Manchester Living Wage City Region campaign. GMPA is recruiting to two new roles: a Fundraising Officer and a Policy Officer.
In the latest newsletter GM Poverty Action thank the Principal Partner organisations who are already supporting them in 2021 and GM Living Wage Campaign coordinator John Hacking invites you to join him as they commit ourselves to the goal of making Greater Manchester a Real Living Wage City Region.