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Who Cares?

Writing ( actually typing with one finger ) this on Thursday evening so will probably be Friday by the time it gets posted. Had a series of meetings in London today starting with a presentation to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Patient and Public Involvement in Health and Social Care, giving evidence on Greater Manchester's devolution deal. Since work got underway on this in 2015 public engagement and awareness has increased significantly, but given the Our Manchester ambition to involve service users in service design, we still have a way to go. ( I ought to perhaps caveat that a little as we are unlikely to be getting heart attack patients for example to design by-pass surgery ).

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Cathy and Cardboard

I said I would return to the Council's draft budget and homelessness later in the week and this is it. It comes on the back of a visit to the Royal Exchange studio theatre last night to see Cardboard Citizens perform their play Cathy and to take part in the discussion that followed. The play itself was excellent in script, production and performance and I would highly recommend it except the remaining performances are already sold out. There is however a live streamed performance coming up and I will see if I can add the link for it.

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F for Future

The Executive met today to, amongst other, things approve our draft budget proposals for 2017-20. I have already blogged about these and they are available in full on the Council's website so I'm not proposing to say anymore on them at this point other than to give a reminder that these proposals are still subject to consultation and we would welcome feedback on them. There is one specific aspect I will try and pick up on later in the week but in the meantime I want to go back to Monday.

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Happy New Year?

Welcome to the first post of 2017 and yes, Happy New Year!. The first working day back started with an 8am Executive Members group budget meeting, making the final adjustments to our draft budget, the papers for which will be published later this afternoon. I covered the very disappointing provisional financial settlement from national government two posts ago so won't repeat that here. Today is how we plan to make the best we can of the poor hand we have been dealt.

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Berlin

Although I don't finish for Christmas until Thursday this is likely to be the last blog of the year so I do want to wish everybody Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Having said that, it will be a very sombre post as we reflect on yesterday's tragic events in Berlin. Our first reaction is always our sympathy for the victims, and for the families and friends of the deceased. We see ourselves in their city and our hearts go out to the whole of the city of Berlin. And we think about who is responsible for this indiscriminate slaughter and why?

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Shameless

Yesterday Government published the provisional 2017/8 financial settlement for local government.

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Being Accountable

This month sees a new Our Manchester initiative to increase transparency and demonstrate accountability of members of the Council's Executive Committee. Twice a year each Executive Member will submit a report to the most appropriate Scrutiny Committee of their activities over the previous six months and be questioned on it, as always in public and free-to-view online. I gave my first report to Economy Scrutiny this morning and it is reproduced below.

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The State We're In

Full Council on Wednesday which began with two presentations, both available to see on catch-up on the Council web-site.

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Safety in Numbers

Spent a fascinating couple of hours yesterday morning in the MASH. This is a set of initials but has nothing to do with Robert Altman's glorious film or the TV series spin-off.

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Prevention Better Than Cure

Popped into my GP's surgery on Wednesday afternoon for the flu jab clinic. Had my very painless jab but was surprised that take up from people eligible for a free jab was only about 65% so clearly work to do in promoting a very simple preventative measure. I also accepted the offer of a pneumonia jab. Didn't know there was such a thing but unlike flu which needs repeating every year, the pneumonia jab only has to be had once and protects against something like 23 different forms of the illness. There is a short-term downside of the jab, a swollen arm and a couple of days of flu like symptoms but worth it for a life time of protection.

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