Your chance to help tackle inequality

PEOPLE across Greater Manchester are to be asked to help tackle inequality in the 10 boroughs as the city-region’s Independent Inequalities Commission launched an influential survey on Thursday (Jan 7).

The drive to make Greater Manchester a more equal society will be informed by the new online survey designed to capture the views and experiences of residents across the city-region.

Results from the survey, which will run until the end of this month, will inform the important and innovative work of the commission, which launched in October with an intention to ‘explore the root causes and drivers of inequality and offer solutions to tackle these issues across Greater Manchester’.

The commission, which reports to the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham and the 10 local authority leaders, wants to hear from people who have a passion in making Greater Manchester a fairer and more equal place to grow up, get on and grow old – in particular those with knowledge of the city-region’s inequalities or who have experience working with marginalised groups.

Cllr Brenda Warrington, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) lead for equalities, said: “We really want to hear people’s views on the barriers to tackling longstanding inequalities in Greater Manchester and the untapped resources available locally to help redress these inequalities.

“Although the pandemic has widened inequalities and put a spotlight on particular issues, most of these issues are not new. The commission is looking for practical solutions and concrete steps that can be taken to build greater equity in Greater Manchester and to mitigate the unequal impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.”–

If you have something to say and would like to contribute, log onto www.gmconsult.org and complete the survey in full by the end of January.

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