Agenda and decisions

Greater Manchester Combined Authority - Wednesday, 2nd September, 2020 11.15 am

Venue: This meeting will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams

Contact: Governance and Scrutiny  Tel: 0161 778 7009

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That apologies be received and noted from Eamonn Boylan (Chief Executive Officer, GMCA & TfGM).



Chairs Announcements and Urgent Business



1.      That the appointment of Councillor Brian Shaw (Trafford) to the GMCA Waste & Recycling Committee be approved.


2.      That it be noted that the GM Mayor had written to the Health Secretary advising that Bolton and Trafford were opposed to the lifting of the current restrictions in response to the rapid increased numbers of positive tests in those districts.


3.    That it also be noted that the letter to the Health Secretary also sought agreement to move to a pathwaytoreplacetherestrictionsinall partsof GMassoonas practicallyandsafely as possiblewithtargeted,hyper-local intervention similar to those that have been successfulinOldham, together with the commitment of resources to support:intensive,hyper-localtestandtraceinterventions; a significantincreaseintesting, includingasymptomaticpeople;workwithbusinessand communities to raiseawareness; and  stronger  enforcement  where  necessary.


4.      That the Government be advised that the GMCA want to move to a GM wide exit strategy from the current blanket restriction approach and that Government should support Local Authorities to move to a new phase of local control and balanced targeted interventions that are data led.


5.      That the required level of control and resources should be made available from Government to allow Local Authorities to implement these interventions.


6.      That the announcement by the Health Secretary today to retain the current restrictions in place in Trafford and Bolton, in response to the rise in infection rates be welcomed.


7.      That it be noted that Government has confirmed the planned release of restrictions in Stockport.



Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 477 KB

To receive declarations of interest in any item for discussion at the meeting. A blank form for declaring interests has been circulated with the agenda; please ensure that this is returned to the Governance & Scrutiny Officer at last 48 hours before the meeting.



There were no declarations of interests received.


Minutes of the GMCA meeting held on 31 July 2020 pdf icon PDF 508 KB

To consider the approval of the minutes of the meeting held on 31 July 2020.



That the minutes of the meeting of the GMCA held 31 July 2020 be approved.




GM Transport Committee - Minutes pdf icon PDF 415 KB

To note the minutes of the GM Transport Committee held on 14 August 2020.


1.              That the minutes of the meeting of the GM Transport Committee held 14 August be noted.


2.              That it be noted that the GM Mayor will raise the issue of reinstating train services between Rose Hill, Marple and Manchester Piccadilly with Northern Rail.



Town House Project pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Presentation from Councillor Brenda Warrington, Portfolio Lead for Age-Friendly Greater Manchester & Equalities.



1.              That the ‘Town House Project’ in Tameside be recognised as an exemplar of people focussed holistic interventions through its community hub approach in collaboration with a range of agencies.


2.              That the GMCA record its thanks to Vanessa Rothwell and John Gregory for their leadership in the creation of the project, and to all the residents and businesses who have donated items to help get the project started.



Greater Manchester Living with Covid Resilience Plan pdf icon PDF 839 KB

Report of GM Mayor, Andy Burnham.


1.              That the Living with Covid Plan be agreed, and support be given to its implementation as a system wide driver for change and improvement.


2.              That it be agreed that all GMCA reports include recommendations that assess and identify the impact of the proposal on inequalities, environmental and financial issues in relation to the topic. This would be supported by a commitment to collect, analyse and report on data, including community intelligence, to understand that impact.


3.              That, building on the recommendation above, it be agreed to develop a mechanism to utilise the established and developing partnership governance for the Age-friendly and Equalities Portfolio to support system wide responses.  This would include actions to address equalities issues identified and unresolved through the above assessment process.


4.              That it be agreed to adopt minimum targets or standards for each locality or neighbourhood that would support the effective targeting of resources across all GMCA activity. This would ensure that there is an ongoing recognition that address inequalities in all communities is fundamental to the whole of Greater Manchester being able to achieve its collective ambitions.



Build Back Better - Young Persons' Guarantee pdf icon PDF 954 KB

Report of Councillor Sean Fielding, Portfolio Lead for Digital, Education, Skills, Work & Apprenticeships, Councillor Eamonn O’Brien, Portfolio Lead for Children & Young People.


Diane Modahl, Chair of the Youth Task Force to attend the meeting.



  1. That the approach to the emerging Guarantee be agreed.


  1. That the implementation of a ‘youth task force’ be agreed.



Funding for Additional Dedicated Home to School and College Transport pdf icon PDF 507 KB

Report of Eamonn Boylan, GMCA & TfGM Chief Executive.


That the approach being adopted to allocate the £2,249,016 grant received by Greater Manchester from the Department for Education for ‘Additional Dedicated Home to School and College Transport’ be noted.



Recovering From Covid-19 & Tackling Inequality: Social Value & Public Procurement pdf icon PDF 783 KB

Report of Councillor Allen Brett, Portfolio Lead for Community, Cooperatives and Inclusion.



1.             That the refreshed Greater Manchester Social Value Framework be agreed.

2.             That the link between the Framework and public procurement in Greater Manchester be endorsed.



GM Cooperative Commission pdf icon PDF 588 KB


Report of Councillor Allen Brett, Portfolio Lead for Community, Cooperatives and Inclusion.


Additional documents:


1.              That the recommendations contained within the Report of the Greater Manchester Co-operative Commission be endorsed.


2.              That the GMCA confirm its commitment to be involved in implementing the recommendations.


3.              That it be agreed to look for ways as to how the recommendations within the report might be applied across all Greater Manchester local authority areas, and through the work of the GMCA.


4.              That the GM Cooperative Commission Delivery Plan be submitted to a future meeting of the GMCA.



Approval of the Variation to the Working Well Work and Health Programme Contract pdf icon PDF 557 KB

Report of Councillor Sean Fielding, Portfolio Lead for Digital, Education, Skills, Work & Apprenticeships


  1. That the report be noted.


  1. That the proposed variation to the Working Well Work and Health Programme in order to expand the scope of delivery to support those recently unemployed be approved.



The Mayor's Cycling and Walking Challenge Fund (MCF) pdf icon PDF 566 KB

Report of GM Mayor, Andy Burnham.


1.        That the MCF delivery priorities across GM and the prioritised first phase for the programme be agreed.


2.        That £3.1 million MCF funding for the Stockport Gillbent Road and Heatons Cycle Link schemes be approved, in order to secure full approval and enable the signing of a delivery agreement.


3.        That the release of up to £1.9 million of development cost funding for the five MCF schemes be approved.



GM Housing Loans Investment Fund 2019/20 Update Report pdf icon PDF 607 KB

Report of Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, Portfolio Lead for Housing, Homelessness and Infrastructure.



1.     That the position of the GM Housing Investment Loan Fund as at 31 March 2020 be noted, specifically that there has been no requirement for GMCA to account for any impairments as a result of the performance of the Fund.


2.     That it be noted that discussions with Government were ongoing to vary the terms of the GM Housing Investment Loans Fund agreement and provide further funds to GMCA and/or remove the requirement for funds to be handed back at year-end, and therefore maintain and increase the Fund’s capacity to support the delivery of new homes.