Greater Manchester Strategies and the VCSE sector

Below is an overview of the major strategies underpinning the Greater Manchester (GM) Strategy and how they connect to the VCSE sector (last updated August 2019) 

GM Strategy: Our People Our Place

ENVIRONMENT

GROWTH

REFORM

Spatial Framework

Independent Prosperity Review

GM Model of Public Service/White Paper on Unified Public Services

Transport 2040

Local Industrial Strategy

Taking Charge next 5 Years

Housing Plan

Employment & Skills Strategy

Leading in GM

Green Summit

Good Employment Charter

 

VCSE Policy Paper

 

Greater Manchester Strategy: Our People, Our Place 2018

The GM Strategy is the framework for all GM strategy and policy. GMCVO is a co-owner on behalf of the VCSE sector. The Accord  between the Mayor, GM Combined Authority and the VCSE sector commitments are built into it.

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Spatial Framework (revised)

This might appear a dry topic but it is extremely relevant to VCSE organisations: it will affect everything else that happens in GM, with implications for the kind of economy that can thrive; access to work, services and facilities; housing; neighbourhood infrastructure; community spaces and places; green spaces and the environment.  A VCSE forum gave feedback on the first draft and GMCVO made a formal response which you can read here. Another phase of consultation starts Autumn 2019.

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Transport 2040

Consultation on this was completed in 2016, but the live document is the draft Delivery Plan 2020-25, which links to the Spatial Framework. GMCVO and VCSE organisations continue to lobby for transport to be made accessible, affordable and useful (i.e. going to the right places).

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Green Summit

A second Green Summit was held March 2019 and a Five-year Environment Plan was launched. There is strong VCSE involvement in the summit steering group. A VCSE-led group is developing a Sustainable Food Strategy for GM

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Independent Prosperity Review

Some people may remember the Manchester Independent Economic Review in 2006. A new review was undertaken in 2018/19; GMCVO and other VCSE organisations contributed. The report notes that further devolution is essential, identifies strong links between health and productivity, identifies a clear role for VCSE organisations in the economy and innovation, and recommends social enterprise as an essential element in the mix.

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Local Industrial Strategy

Greater Manchester is a pilot area for developing a LIS. The structure is set by government, which must also approve the LIS . The GM LIS clearly focuses on inclusive economic growth, with explicit reference to the role of the VCSE sector in achieving this. GMCVO and the Inclusive Growth Analysis Unit have been involved throughout the development. A VCSE forum contributed to the development of latest draft and GMCVO made a formal response to consultation.

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Good Employment Charter

This went live in July 2019 with a pilot group of employers, with a view to a full launch in November. GMCVO along with other employer umbrella organisations sits on the steering group, and we made formal responses to both consultations.  The standards if met would make a big dent in in-work poverty and accessibility of work and we recommend VCSE employers support it if possible. We continue to lobby for targeting employers of the workforce demographics least likely to experience good employment; stronger emphasis on equalities, unfair discrimination and inclusion; ensuring the Charter is accessible to SMEs.

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GM Model of Public Service  / White Paper on Unified Public Services

These documents should be read alongside the GM Taking Charge policy, as they cover similar territory.

The GM Model has emerged from the public service reform movement, and reflects the more recent emphasis on place-based, person-centred working and collaboration across institutions of all kinds – all positive.

The White Paper on Unified Public Services for the People of Greater Manchester was considered and endorsed by the full meeting of Greater Manchester Combined Authority on Friday 26th July.  The White Paper will be critical in how the VCSE sector develops its relationship with public sector colleagues and provides the VCSE sector with a wide range of opportunities particularly related to ‘place based’ working and in our messages about the need to reform support and services for the public. 

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NHS Prospectus and GM Taking Charge, the next Five Years

This should be read alongside the GM Model paper, as they cover similar territory. Taking Charge, the next Five Years builds on the original Taking Charge strategy which covers health and social care devolution 2016-21 and is a GM response to the national NHS Prospectus. The VCSE sector is already delivering elements of Taking Charge through the Memorandum of Understanding.

Both documents have had considerable VCSE sector input, especially through the VCSE Reference Group, and both are clear that VCSE organisations are part of the ‘system’ with specific roles to play.

Both accept in principle the need to shift funding ‘upstream’ into wellbeing, early intervention and swift recovery, and that much of this is best delivered by VCSE organisations. They also acknowledge our roles in co-design, co-production, innovation and critical friendship.

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Leading in GM

A public sector leadership programme (third year just ending), intended to encourage collaboration and relationship-based working. GMCVO has been involved from the start in shaping the programme, which is also open to carers, volunteers and VCSE staff. Over the last year VCSE leaders have delivered elements of the programme (GMCVO are delivering Learning Exchange) . Recently Leading in GM and the Health and Social Care Workforce Development programme are working together and planning for year four is underway.

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VCSE Policy Paper

Under the Accord (see above), a VCSE lead is employed by GMCA (Anne Lythgoe). Anne has been supporting the VCSE Reference Group to develop a VCSE Paper which will sit alongside the above GM papers, and the draft is currently in consultation. The paper includes a description of the VCSE ‘ecosystem’ and what we do; our ambitions for GM; what we can and could contribute; what we need from other partners. 

Once the Policy Paper is finalised an ‘implementation and transformation plan’ will be developed over the following year in each of the 10 localities as well as for Greater Manchester. 

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