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Viewing Figures

Greater Manchester Combined Authority held its monthly meeting this morning, the first to be lived streamed, hopefully the beginning of a new era of CA openness. One of the first items on the agenda was an item on communications. The CA now has a very small comms team and apart from live streaming a whole range of other things are under way to allow citizens to see what is being said and done on their behalf, and this includes a digital presence both on the web and in social media.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority held its monthly meeting this morning, the first to be lived streamed, hopefully the beginning of a new era of CA openness. One of the first items on the agenda was an item on communications. The CA now has a very small comms team and apart from live streaming a whole range of other things are under way to allow citizens to see what is being said and done on their behalf, and this includes a digital presence both on the web and in social media. Quite an interesting agenda today with items on the most recent devolution agreement, our 2040 transport strategy, and our climate change and air quality strategy. Unusually my own ward of Crumpsall got a mention with a housing scheme there getting just under £1m of investment from the housing investment fund.

The CA meeting was preceded by a meeting of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Devolution Partnership Board. This is a very new and quite large body with representatives from local authorities and across the health sector which has been set up to oversee health and social care integration coupled with the devolution of NHS(England) funding to Greater Manchester. One of the items on today's agenda was transparency and it was agreed that future meetings will be in public and again will be live streamed with, subject to normal confidentiality conditions all the papers being made public.Given the rapidity at which livestreaming is catching on I can foresee ratings wars very soon, competing for the most watched Council meeting. Maybe we could even sell advertising to make up for cuts?

Not surprisingly the rest of the meeting was concerned with the nuts of bolts of integration based around the stategic plan, the first draft of which is due to be completed next week. The great thing about today was you could almost feel the momentum in the room with this wide range of partners increasingly enthusiastic about what we can achieve through collaborative working.

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