The Manchester Local Strategic Partnership Board has its first meeting of this municipal year bright and early this morning. The most significant item on the agenda is a presentation on this year's not quite yet completed State of the City report. This is a warts and all account of our progress in delivering the city's community strategy, our long-term strategy to 2015, and should be publicly available in the next few weeks. It is also the key document by which the Board sets its priorities, and as the Board meets quarterly, we needed to discuss it today even though there is still some work to do on it. I won't reveal any details now and spoil your pleasure when it is published. Suffice it to say that as a result of our consideration we intend to have the same priorities for this year as last - promoting economic growth, tackling worklessness and building aspirations.
Later it's back up to Crumpsall for a first meeting of our new style ward co-ordination group. I've blogged before about this new arrangement which brings together crime and community safety activity with other neighbourhood management stuff. In the old-style meetings we would always have a major discussion item and that will continue in the new arrangements. Crumpsall isn't a high crime area but that doesn't mean we don't take seriously the crime and anti-social behaviour that does happen, and that will be the key theme of today's meeting.