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14 Feb 2024 - 18:46 by omairia.bibi

I helped host and attended an event made for upcoming systems leaders in Greater Manchester. You might ask - ‘what and who is a systems leader?’. A systems leader is collaborative, part of a network of people in different places and at different levels,  with a shared purpose, co-operating to make significant change.  


So that means you and me and the person next to you in the line at a coffee shop on our shared purpose to get coffee before the 9 am rush... well, kind of! We just need to define a few things like shared purpose and collaborative bahaviours.  


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18 Jan 2024 - 09:35 by josephine.mcmeeking

Communities and Equalities Scrutiny Committee

Date: Tuesday 9th of January

Time: 2pm

Location: Council Chamber, Level 2, Town Hall Extension

On Tuesday the 9th of January the committee scrutinised the following public reports:

Crime and Policing Report of Greater Manchester Police

During the meeting, Chief Superintendent Rick Jackson, commander for the City of Manchester, spoke about the report (See the report ), providing an update on GMP’s journey to...

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18 Jan 2024 - 09:21 by josephine.mcmeeking

The committee discussed the Compliance and Enforcement Services - Performance in 2022/23 report. This report provides an update on demand for and performance of the Compliance and Enforcement service during 2022/23. The report also provides a forward look at on- going and new challenges as a result of changes to legislation, policy and areas of growth that will have an impact on the work carried out by Compliance & Enforcement teams. The members scrutinized the report in three sections; the neighbourhood compliance, neighbourhood crimes and neighbourhood project teams. The report was...

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17 Jan 2024 - 16:30 by josephine.mcmeeking

By Anna Tate 

The cost of living crisis is now well underway and has now impacting all communities across Greater Manchester. Unfortunately, the longer a crisis exists the more normalized it becomes. However, the recent headlines that some families have been forced to access loans to pay for baby formula and baby milk for their very young children is and continues to be shocking.

In August 2023, it was announced that the supermarket chain Iceland would be cutting the price of baby formula sold in all their shops. Iceland has said that this decision was a...

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18 Dec 2023 - 16:47 by josephine.mcmeeking

By Anna Tate 

The current Conservative Government has introduced changes to current sentencing guidelines as part of the new Criminal Justice Bill 2023. The new Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill was introduced to parliament in November 2023 and states that there is a presumption that sentences of less 12 months, received for low level offence would be suspended for some offenders meaning that those convicted would serve all of their sentences within the community. Whilst the majority of the bill is overwhelmingly punitive and makes the point of being tougher on crime, there...

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18 Dec 2023 - 16:27 by josephine.mcmeeking

By Anna Tate 

This meeting of the Health Scrutiny Committee focused on several main reports including Health and Homelessness. The Health and Homelessness report was delivered by David Regan, Director of Public Health, who is one of the co-chairs of the Health and Homelessness task group alongside Bernie Enright. The report sets out the efforts of the task group, which focus on collaboration with VCSE partners, including Urban Village GP Practice, The Mustard Tree and Change Grow Live, alongside a number of statutory health partners.

The report states that homelessness is a...

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18 Dec 2023 - 15:56 by josephine.mcmeeking

The November cost of living payment happily resulted in a substantial decrease in food bank referrals from CA, however rereferral numbers have now risen to match the levels we saw this time last year..

Debt, especially in energy and council tax, has sharply risen once more, with approximately 50% of CA debt clients now in a negative budget The interconnected nature of debts is evident, with many CA clients holding multiple types of debts simultaneously. Housing costs, driven by rising private rents, are contributing significantly to negative budgets. Gas and electricity bills,...

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14 Apr 2022 - 13:33 by millie.brown

Ethical fundraising and due diligence on donors

Millie Brown, Macc – April 2022

A guide for charities when considering whether to accept a donation.

For a full list of ethically dubious activities to look out for, as well as a checklist for conducting due diligence and where to find the information you’ll need to inform this difficult decision, see this factsheet...

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28 Jun 2021 - 14:53 by Nigel Rose

On July 14th Macc is holding a voluntary sector assembly about social prescribing, where we will be helping the VCSE sector to write a manifesto about what we collectively want from social prescribing. This article is my personal take on some of the issues.

I was heavily involved in the planning stages of social prescribing in Manchester 4? Years ago, and have kept touch with it ever since, however, I’m not going to discuss here how the Manchester social prescribing service in works. This is a companion piece to an...

26 Apr 2021 - 00:34 by guest.blogger


I was sitting at home in January after losing my job several months prior and being very bored watching too much Netflix. After a chat with my father-in-law I thought I would try and volunteer to be a driver helping those less able to go to their vaccination appointments. I couldn’t find anywhere how to do this but instead came...

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