Manchester City Council

We Live in Hope

8am and it is the quarterly meeting of the Manchester Board, the body that brings together key partners to look after the delivery of the Manchester Community Strategy, the city's long-term vision for the future.

Round about this time every year we publish the State of the City report (alongside the State of the Wards and the State of our Communities reports) which provides a warts and all snapshot of the progress we have made in the city against key priorities. It's not perfect, for example the most recent life expectancy data is two years old, but it's useful not only to monitor progress but also to help set priorities for the coming year. There are dozens of things we could be doing but the Board has decided over the past few years to concentrate on a small number of big issues where we can tell whether or not we are achieving our objectives. A priority for the last couple of years has been residents' wages - narrowing the gap between average wages in Manchester and what the average working Mancunion earns. Although in 2009 average wages went up, the average wages of working Mancunions went up even more, and the gap has been steadily narrowing. This of course is an indicator that we are meeting one of our other objectives - making sure Manchester residents benefit from the economic growth of the city.

Maintaining economic growth has become somewhat more difficult over the last couple of years, and with public sector expenditure cuts already beginning to bite, will remain hard to achieve. However, we can't get people into jobs unless jobs are being created and that is why one of our priorities for the coming year is working with the private sector to boost investment and entrepreneurship - people starting and hopefully growing their own businesses. The other priority areas are very much linked to this. Next up is the need to build the aspirations of our residents and our communities and last but not least is the need to tackle worklessness, including raising skill levels and educational achievement as well as supporting the many people on incapacity benefit that could work back into work. The next stage is to prepare action plans with clear indicators so we can tell whether or not what we are doing is working. Much of this will be building on already successful programmes but we must do a lot better yet if we are going to meet the 2015 targets for the community strategy.

There are 7 responses to “We Live in Hope”

  1. Nigel Barlow Says:

    When is the State of the city report going to be published?

  2. Val Stevens Says:

    I agree a difficult task with coalition government. Mancunians are resilient and resourceful unlike Mancunions

  3. meda Says:

    We live in hope... That the leader of the council will one day be able to spell 'Mancunian.'

  4. Dan Says:

    Does this tie in with Manchester's 2010 health profile? This profile shows that 66.6% of Manchester residents live in the 20% most deprived areas in England. The national average is around 20%. The health report overall makes for very, very bad reading for Mancunians. We also perform badly on children living in poverty, violent crime rates, obese children, tooth decay in children, teenage pregnancy, life expectancy and early deaths from cancer. These figures don't really indicate that your average Mancunian is benefitting too much from the economic growth of the city.

  5. Miffed Says:

    What is the cost of the proposed redevelopment of St Peter's Square and why does the council consider this a priority when the whole country is adrift in a sea of debt?

  6. Dave Says:

    I do feel you are lead too much by hitting targets that mean little or nothing to the normal Manchester people. People in Manchester need leaders that will fight the cuts being planned by the con/lib government.

  7. Bill Says:

    Its strange how according to you Manchesters doing great but.....
    according to the Health Profile 2010 Report Published by the Department of Health states ...

    66% of Manchester People live in 20% of the most deprived areas of England. Hardly a good record from a Labour Party that has failed the Manchester people. Targets Targets the old saying of new Labour no wonder you lost to the Cons/Libs.



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