Manchester City Council

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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Something to look forward to

Hasn't been a lot this year with the bad news on Brexit well and truly trumped ( sorry, couldn't help it ) last week. The Council's Executive met on Wednesday with an agenda that included the consultation draft of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework and a new Housing strategy for the city. Worth noting that housing is and will remain a council, not a combined authority, responsibility and that almost a quarter of all new housing ( of all types and tenures ) in Greater Manchester will be in Manchester on brownfield sites.

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Medieval Manchester

On a train again - seems to be the only time nowadays I get enough peace and quiet to write a blog. Very quiet indeed for two minutes as Virgin Trains did invite all passengers to join in the Armistice Day silence and, at least in my carriage, everybody did. On my way to London for a meeting of the Local Government Association's City Regions Board, which I chair, with a really interesting agenda including inclusive growth, devolution, employment and skills programmes, and the constitutional position of local government post-Brexit.

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The March of the North

The new Northern Powerhouse Partnership held the first of a series of seminars it is hosting across the North of England in Manchester yesterday. The attendees were predominantly from the private sector and will be part of not only maintaining the impetus for major investment in the North's transport infrastructure but also supporting the growth sectors identified in the Northern Economic Review and ensuring our populations are acquiring the skills to contribute to and benefit from those growth sectors.

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Future Scientists

Last Friday of the month means a day of Greater Manchester meetings. Meetings rotate around the ten districts and today is at Salford Civic Centre in Swinton. I start at 9am with Labour Leaders, the main purpose of which and an important one being that we don't all fall out with each other. This is followed by four public and live-streamed meetings, the first being the Health and Social Care Strategic Partnership Board, followed in turn by the Combined Authority, the joint AGMA Executive/CA ( an oddity that will disappear next year - both bodies have exactly the same membership ), and then the CA's Resources Committee.

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

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