Greater Manchester residents are being asked to share their views and experiences of inequality in the city-region as part of an influential online survey from the Independent Inequalities Commission.
The Commission, which was launched in October 2020, seeks to hear thoughts of residents via an online survey which will run until the end of January. Results of the survey, and the findings of the Inequalities Commission will be used to inform future plans for economic growth, health and well-being, jobs, housing, transport and skills and training in the city-region.
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 to this important work, please do log onto www.gmconsult.org and complete the survey in full by the end of January.”
The survey has been designed to collate and reflect the experiences of contributors, and respondents will be challenged to answer ‘What is the one thing you would change to tackle inequality in Greater Manchester?’
Acting in an independent capacity, the Inequalities Commission will report back to the Mayor and Leaders of the 10 local authorities in March 2021. It will initiate a conversation with and draw upon the work of existing groups and equalities programmes across Greater Manchester, as well as reaching out across communities to help produce its recommendations.