Manchester City Council

Raising the Standard

The Council's Executive met on Wednesday and as always the meeting is available to view from the Council's web site, as are the reports that were considered, though be warned, it's a lot of pages. Most of those pages were to do with the Council's 2017-20 budget.

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Jewels in the Crown - Stayin' Alive

On a train, again. From Newcastle, again, where I was giving the annual Rutherford lecture at Northumbria University talking about devolution and the Northern Powerhouse. However I want to use this post to talk about a couple of jewels in Manchester's very large and heavily bejewelled crown.

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No Decisions until February

The next stage of our budget setting process gets underway this week with every Scrutiny Committee receiving a report on the first stage of a three stage budget consultation and on the process that will get us to final decisions on the budget in March next year.

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Fairness and Equality

I'm planning to return to one of the elements of my last blog at some point but have a few other things I want to cover first. Full Council met on Wednesday. It is of course available to watch on-line but there are a few things from the meeting I wanted to mention.

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Sketches from a Train

On the 15.08 from Newcastle to Liverpool ( though I'm planning to get off at Victoria ) returning from a meeting of the North Area Arts Council of which I am a member and which has inspired me to share some musings on Manchester, arts and design. Last week was a particularly interesting one from the culture point of view.

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Workers' Housing

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to visit EDM, a company based in Newton Heath, to mark the start on site for an extension to their existing factory. EDM employ lots of engineers, they make stuff and they sell it all over the world. What they make is pretty sophisticated - mainly full-size replicas of big bits of aircraft digitally enhanced to give an inflight experience without ever leaving the ground, and used principally for cabin crew training. In a competitive market the company is thriving through quality and innovation and shows that manufacture at the smart end of the spectrum is still a major part of our economy.

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Europe and Manchester

At today's City Council Executive meeting, following a minutes silence in respect for the victims of terrorism in Istanbul, for Jo Cox and for all the other victims of terrorism since the committee last met, I made the following statement on the outcome of the EU referendum.

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Referendum over. A clear victory for Leave but still no clue to what happens next. If we are to avoid a flight of investment and a loss of jobs, what is needed is quick and decisive action from government.

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The Modern City

I'm writing this post from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority offices in Leeds following meetings of Transport for the North, the Association of Rail North Partnership Authorities, and a brief Rail North Ltd Board meeting, all far more interesting than they probably sound. At 4pm I'm dialling into a LGA task and finish group on business rate localisation before getting the train to Hull where I'm speaking at a Humberside business summit.

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Collaboration and Integration - the way to a Healthier Manchester

During the course of last year, Manchester's Health and Well-Being Board started the process of developing its Locality Plan, it's route to integrating and improving Health and Care services in the city, as part of proposals to improve services across the whole of Greater Manchester. Our locality plan is built on three pillars, a single commissioning function, a single out of hospital service, and a single hospital service.

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The blog of the leader of Manchester City Council, Councillor Richard Leese.

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