A new campaign to unite Greater Manchester has been launched called oneGM.
oneGM has brought together the public, private, charity, social enterprise, faith, sport and cultural sectors, in support of people and businesses facing a challenging time as a result of the Covid restrictions. It aims to provide help that goes beyond the package of support being offered by the Government, particularly over the winter months, in recognition of the hardship some people will be facing.
At the launch event on 27th October, the Mayor re-stated his commitment to those whose livelihoods are directly affected by the Tier 3 restrictions and that he committed to help the lowest paid workers whose businesses have been forced to close as well as support for the self-employed/freelancers. Bringing together the public money from the public sector, private business and charity donations the aim is to provide a package of support for those most in need.
He also confirmed that Greater Manchester is likely to receive at least £65m from the Government which will include backdating of financial support for businesses when the city-region was effectively in Tier 2 from the end of July. This is in addition to the £22m from Government for local test and trace and enforcement.
People can donate to local charities and voluntary organisations and through the oneGM campaign. The oneGM campaign brings together all parts of the GM family to work together during this difficult time and further details will be announced in the coming days.