Portfolio: Age-Friendly Greater Manchester and Equalities
As an employer and service provider, Greater Manchester Combined Authority, like other agencies, has to comply with the Equality Act 2010 and fulfil statutory duties with regards to equality and inclusion. But the Combined Authority’s ambition stretches far beyond this, with many of the aspirations set out in the Greater Manchester Strategy and the Mayor’s manifesto looking to improve outcomes for all.
Devolution has been a great step forward for our city region, but we must be sure to take full advantage of these new powers and responsibilities in a way that makes a difference to the lives of people across all our communities, regardless of age, background, gender, culture or beliefs.
Age-friendly Greater Manchester
We want to improve the lives of people aged 50 and over living in Greater Manchester. Our vision is that older residents are able to contribute to and benefit from sustained prosperity and enjoy a good quality of life.
Our priorities are:
- to build on our position as the first age-friendly city region in the UK
- to be a global centre of excellence for ageing, pioneering research, technology and new ideas
- to increase economic participation amongst the over 50s
Working with our partners we have set up the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub to coordinate a strategic response to the opportunities and challenges of an ageing population.
- Improving the lives of older people - the work of the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub
LGBT Adviser and Panel
Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has set up a panel of experts to tackle the inequalities lesbian, gay, bi and trans people face, and ensure they feel included, valued and safe.
The panel will reflect the diversity of the LGBT community from across Greater Manchester and will be headed by a new LGBT Adviser. Former Lord Mayor of Manchester and prominent LGBT activist Carl Austin-Behan has been appointed as the Adviser.
When running for election, the Mayor made a commitment that our Combined Authority would be gender balanced. Women are represented in senior positions, and now both men and women are responsible for shaping the future of Greater Manchester.
But there is still a long way to go to achieve true gender equality. In workplaces, for example, we need to see more being done to promote flexible working, ensure good wages, and tackle discrimination. This is why we are drawing up a Good Employment Charter, working with local employers to ensure people in Greater Manchester receive fair pay, have access to high quality secure jobs, and are given the opportunity to reach their full potential, regardless of gender.