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All Policy and Influence

Local Safeguarding Fora members wanted

9 Feb 2018 - 10:59 by michelle.foster

The North, Central and South Safeguarding Children Fora are the connection between the strategic work of the Manchester Safeguarding Children’s Board (MSCB) and front-line practitioners from all agencies. Their main purpose is to ensure that there is a direct link between practice issues at a local level and the overall direction of the Board. Manchester Safeguarding Children Board

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Community University Partnership Initiative

9 Feb 2018 - 10:51 by michelle.foster

Did you know that universities are keen to work with you?
Are you curious about building a new partnership to get some work done together? National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement
Community-university partnerships bring together two sets of expertise and knowledge to make a difference. Partners decide the focus and terms so that the benefits are shared and the relationships are worthwhile.

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GM Poverty Action newsletter: Principal Partners scheme; Renters Forum; new End Child Poverty figures; Fuel Poverty awareness; Universal Credit & GM Living Wage

2 Feb 2018 - 10:19 by michelle.foster

In the latest newsletter Greater Manchester Poverty Action(GMPA) are asking if your organisation might be interested in joining with their new Principal Partners to support the work of GMPA?Greater Manchester Poverty Action

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Yet Another Project

30 Jan 2018 - 11:51 by Nigel Rose

Earlier today I read part of a new report by the King's Fund called ‘Re-imagining Community Services’. It analyses the progress made toward creating new models of community services and summarises some of the key principles that should guide the development. It’s illustrated by a number of case studies (some rather less convincing than others – Wigan as an exemplar of working with local assets – it doesn't even have an infrastructure provider since Wigan CVS collapsed a couple of years ago).

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End Child Poverty Coalition - More than half of children now living in poverty in some parts of the UK

29 Jan 2018 - 12:33 by helen.walker

The End Child Poverty coalition has published figures providing a new child poverty map of the UK. The new figures reveal that there are now constituencies within the UK where more than half of children are growing up in poverty – compared to one in ten, in the areas with the lowest child poverty rates.

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GM Poverty Action newsletter: Supporters Scheme, can you help? Looking ahead in 2018; Universal Credit; GM Living Wage; jobs and events

19 Jan 2018 - 11:41 by michelle.foster

In Greater Manchester poverty Action’s first 2018 newsletter they are asking for your help. Could you support Greater Manchester Poverty Action? Could you or your organisation become a Supporter or Principal Partner? Greater Manchester Poverty Action

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Andy Burnham addresses concerns about transport with Older People at Greater Manchester event

18 Jan 2018 - 15:50 by michelle.foster

On 17 January 2018, members of the Greater Manchester Older People’s Network came together to discuss and share their views on Age-Friendly Transport in the region. Speakers from Ambition for Ageing gave their perspective on the matter, and Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham addressed some of the concerns that were raised by the network as part of an address. A panel discussion also featured representatives from the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub and Transport for Greater Manchester.

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Commissioning and the lessons from the collapse of Carillion

17 Jan 2018 - 16:56 by Nigel Rose

Carillion Crane from Macc's WindowThe collapse of Carillion is just the latest in a long line of failures by private companies to carry out public services in an effective and cost effective manner. Does anybody really believe, anymore, that privatising the railways or electricity or water, was a good idea?

Policy Trends 2017

22 Dec 2017 - 13:37 by Nigel Rose

Every year I do a humorous update on some of the policy issues and trends over the year. (2016, 2015). Given the general level of bleakness (read this if you feeling particularly strong) it seems only reasonable to try a lift the mood a fraction, whilst having a gentle dig at some of the frantic absurdity that surrounds us.