Developing a Race Equality Panel for Greater Manchester

Closes 16 Aug 2020

Opened 27 Jul 2020


Greater Manchester is proud to be one of the most diverse places in the country, and we are committed to ensuring that the benefits of devolution make a difference to the lives of people across all our communities regardless of age, background, gender, culture or beliefs.  

A number of advisory panels have already been established to ensure communities are at the heart of decision-making. You can find out more about our approach to equalities and the other advisory panels on our website.  

Following the Cohesion Summit in July 2019, the Mayor of Greater Manchester announced plans to develop a Race Equality Panel, and a programme of engagement subsequently took place. This included a roundtable of Greater Manchester’s strategic race equality leaders, and a workshop of district and community leaders. The learnings from this engagement were used to inform proposals for the Race Equality Panel, which were due to be submitted to the Mayor and Greater Manchester’s lead for equalities when COVID-19 gripped the country and a number of important pieces of work were put on hold.  

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant and disproportionate impact upon sections of our community, and has highlighted the deep-seated inequalities that still exist, and therefore, as we now enter the recovery stage of the pandemic, we are looking to finalise plans to establish the Race Equality Panel.  

Why We Are Consulting

It’s crucial that the proposals to establish a Race Equality Panel are developed in partnership with people from the community, and build on the engagement that has already taken place, whilst also being in sync with the other advisory panels supported by the GMCA.  

We want to hear your views about:  

  • Whether the issues that have already been identified are still relevant and whether there are others that have now come to the fore following recent events  

  • Whether the draft proposals for how the panel would operate are fit for purpose

  • Who should be on the panel  

There are three main ways you can have your say:  

Please note that this engagement exercise will finish on 16th August. We will then use all the views we have received to finalise proposals for the Race Equality Panel. These will then be submitted to the Mayor and Greater Manchester’s lead for equalities for approval, before we start on recruitment for the panel.


  • General public
  • Young people
  • Businesses
  • Community, voluntary sector and social enterprises
  • Public sector partners


  • Combined Authority
  • Mayor of Greater Manchester
  • Equalities