Manchester City Council

Feet on the Ground

The only flying I've done this week is around Manchester on my bike trying to keep up with my diary although nowadays my progress is rather more stately than jet propelled. Scrutiny committees have all been meeting this week and there were reports on issues covered by my executive portfolio at both Economy and Finance Overview and Scrutiny Committees.

Finance Scrutiny also covers governance issues and they had reports on Greater Manchester/Combined Authority level governance and on revised arrangements for scrutiny of the CA. They also had a report on the CA and AGMA budgets.

A little later in the afternoon I was delighted to be able to join a session of the Age Friendly Manchester forum and share in the launch of our age friendly Charter. The introduction to the charter talks about how society often marginalises older people but the Council is determined to do all it can to make sure that doesn't happen here, and that we recognise the enormous, positive contribution our older citizens make to the life of the city.

At Economy the previous day, the Chief Executive of a Manchester Growth Company gave a brief presentation on the business support work of the growth hub, and a couple of items later they considered the draft City Centre strategy. This was very positively received by the committee but it is still a consultation draft and we would welcome any comments from any interested parties.

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