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About GMCA

Who we are

Greater Manchester (GM) is one of the country's most successful city-regions. Home to more than 2.7 million people and with an economy bigger than that of Wales or Northern Ireland, our vision is to make it one of the best in the world. We're getting there through a combination of economic growth, and the reform of public services.

The GMCA is made up of the ten Greater Manchester councils and Mayor, who work with other local services, businesses, communities and other partners to improve the city-region.

The ten councils (Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan) have worked together voluntarily for many years on issues that affect everyone in the region, like transport, regeneration, and attracting investment.

What we do

The GMCA gives local people more control over issues that affect their area. It means the region speaks with one voice and can make a strong case for resources and investment. It helps the entire north of England achieve its full potential.

Running the GMCA

The GMCA is run jointly by the leaders of the ten councils and the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham. 

A variety of boards, panels and committees look specifically at areas like transport, health and social care, planning and housing.

We can't reach our ambitious vision for a prosperous, self-reliant Greater Manchester on our own. So we have teamed up with various public, private and voluntary partner organisations to help.

Our Vision

Greater Manchester is one of the country's most successful city-regions. Our vision is to make it one of the best in the world.

We want the region to be more prosperous, better connected, and greener. By 2020 Greater Manchester should be self-reliant: contributing to national wealth rather than needing government help.

Local people will have more job opportunities, and new skills to contribute to, and benefit from, a stronger economy. They'll enjoy better health and a higher quality of life.

We will get there through a combination of growth and reform.

  • Growth
    We are removing the barriers that stifle economic growth, and making Greater Manchester an attractive place for investors. We're exploiting the region's business and academic expertise and becoming more outward-looking and international.
  • Reform
    We are making public services more efficient, and helping people become more self-reliant so there will be less demand for those services. New skills and better education, training and employment opportunities will help people enjoy the benefits of the regions's economic growth.

Our vision is described in detail in 'Stronger Together': the Greater Manchester Strategy.

The Greater Manchester Strategy consultation

The consultation looks at several particular themes which are: health and social care; transport; police and crime; housing and planning; business and investment; energy-efficiency and low-carbon; skills and employment; joining up public services:

Delivering our vision

Our Growth and Reform plan describes our delivery plans, and priorities. 

See how we're turning these plans into reality:

Annual Performance Report

Annual Report

The Annual Performance Report presents the progress we have made in delivering our Growth and Reform priorities. It celebrates our achievements and identifies those areas where we need to go further to realise our goals.