Manchester City Council

The Council & democracy Communities and Equalities Scrutiny Committee's Investigations

Our Current Investigations

End of Year Summary 2017/18

During the year, the Committee has considered a number of equalities-related issues including progress with the Council's equality objectives, the work of the Equality Lead Members and the Our Manchester Disability Plan.  The Committee also considered the Council's approach to undertaking Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs) and decided that over the 2018/2019 municipal year, it will consider all the EIAs produced in relation to the Council's budget proposals.

In July 2017, the Committee considered the issue of hate crime, including hearing the experiences of two guests from venues which were Third Party Reporting Centres (TPRCs).  The Committee decided to establish a Hate Crime and TPRCs Task and Finish Group to look at the issues raised, including consideration of how the Council could take a more proactive approach.  The Task and Finish Group subsequently reported its findings and recommendations to the Committee in February 2018.  The Committee endorsed the recommendations and these are now being taken forward.

During the year the Committee has considered issues relating to volunteering and the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS).  In December 2017, the Committee looked at the issue of timebanking, a different, reciprocal approach to volunteering, including hearing the experiences of a range of guests. The Committee made a number of recommendations, including asking officers to consider whether a timebank for carers could be introduced in Manchester, similar to the model which is already operating in London.

The Committee has continued to consider the development and implementation of the new Our Manchester VCS funding programme.  Following the first round of funding applications under the new scheme, Members raised some issues with the process, including requesting better communication with Ward Councillors.  The Committee has decided to establish a Subgroup in the 2018/2019 municipal year to contribute to the improvement of the process for future funding rounds.

Get Involved

To find out more information have a look at our full work programme.  This includes what topics we will be looking at, what specific issues we will be considering and who we will be hearing from.  Please bear in mind that the programme is continually updated, and so dates and agenda items may change from those listed in the programme.

If there's an issue you want to contribute to, let us know.  You can either send a written contribution to or you can attend a meeting and ask the Chair if you can speak. You can also suggest a topic for us to look into by filling in our 'suggestions form.

If you want to speak to somebody about contributing to the committee, please call our scrutiny support officer on 0161 234 3241 or e mail

Role of the Committee 

Councillor John Hacking

 "As members of the Communities and Equalities Scrutiny Committee, we challenge public services to work together to make Manchester a safe city. We also test how the Council and its partners are making sure their services are equally easy for all Manchester's diverse residents to access. We have discussions with these organisations and use our experience of representing residents from a wide range of backgrounds to recommend to them how they can ensure their services meet the needs of all Manchester residents. 

Our areas of interest include cohesion, equality and inclusion, services for older people, advice services, young offenders, domestic violence, crime and policing, the voluntary sector, culture, libraries and theatres, and leisure and sport.

Through this page you'll be be able to keep in touch with what we've been doing and find out what we'll be investigating over the next few months and how you can get involved." - Councillor John Hacking, Chair of Communities and Equalities Scrutiny Committee.

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