Decision details

PCC DN - Greater Manchester Equality Alliance (GM=EqAl) Improving Police Custody

Decision Maker: Director for Police, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The reasons for the decision are:

The Greater Manchester Equality Alliance (GM=EqAl) was launched in September 2020 as a successor to the smaller Greater Manchester Inclusion and Wellbeing Partnership (IWP)

Working in alliance with other VCSE, public and private sector individuals and organisations, GM=EqAl serves to connect communities to policy makers, and vice versa, to assist with strategic equality and diversity work in Greater Manchester (GM). GM=EqAl takes an intersectional approach, recognising that each individual experiences marginalisation in unique ways due to how multiple forms of inequality or disadvantage compound exclusion. By bringing together a diverse range of voices in a pan-equalities space, GM=EqAl channels multiple perspectives to develop solutions through dialogue.

Greater Manchester Equality Alliance (GM=EqAl) is a coalition of organisations and individuals drawn from a wide range of communities of experience across Greater Manchester.
GM=EqAl seeks to channel the expertise of grassroots groups, equality organisations and inclusion champions into decision making at the highest levels.

GM=EqAl will provide targeted engagement with communities at a GM-level where appropriate, this could take the form of thematic workshops/conversations, or potentially focussed on particular characteristics
In addition, the work will also contribute to the oversight and scrutiny of the Improving Police Custody programme through participation with the steering group and other relevant forums.
It will also support the implementation of legislation by providing an analysis of directives with an ‘inequalities’ lens – helping partners in the criminal justice system consider how experiences of policing could differ between communities.


GMCA will grant fund £25,000 to The Greater Manchester Equality Alliance (GM=EqAl) to contribute to the oversight and scrutiny of the Improving Police Custody programme

Publication date: 08/07/2024

Date of decision: 20/06/2024