Decisions

Use the below search options at the bottom of the page to find information regarding recent decisions that have been taken by the council’s decision making bodies.

Alternatively you can visit the Officer and Mayoral decisions page for information on officer delegated decisions that have been taken by council officers.

Decisions published

20/01/2023 - Declarations of Interest ref: 1685    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Made at meeting: 20/01/2023 - Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Decision published: 24/01/2023

Effective from: 20/01/2023

Decision:

There were no declarations received in relation to any item on the agenda.


20/01/2023 - Minutes of the Bus Services Sub Committee meeting held 18 November 2022 ref: 1684    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Made at meeting: 20/01/2023 - Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Decision published: 24/01/2023

Effective from: 20/01/2023

Decision:

That the minutes of the meeting held on 18 November 2022 be approved.


23/01/2023 - GMCA/ GM ICB Autism in Schools Project ref: 1686    Recommendations Approved

In line with Regulatory Requirements this funding is delivered as a grant and is awarded to 3rd parties (Local Authorities) to use in line with their purposes and objectives on behalf of the GMCA. These purposes and objectives will align with those of the GMCA as the project enables localities to explore and implement how they may support children and young people with Autism in mainstream schools through the provision of early intervention and preventive support.

Decision Maker: Treasurer GMCA

Decision published: 24/01/2023

Effective from: 31/01/2023

Decision:

Approval is agreed for GMCA to hold the budget for GM Autism in Schools Project and to release funding to individual Local Authorities as a grant arrangement.

Lead officer: Nicola Ward


20/01/2023 - Bus Network and Subsidised Service Considerations ref: 1683    For Determination

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Made at meeting: 20/01/2023 - Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Decision published: 20/01/2023

Effective from: 20/01/2023

Decision:

That the Committee expressed significant concerns regarding the wider implications of the proposed de-registration of commercial services as highlighted in Annex A of the Changes to the Bus Network and Review of Subsidised Bus Services Budget (item 5) and would prepare a statement outlining these matters for consideration by the Greater Manchester Transport Committee on 17 February.

 


20/01/2023 - Exclusion of the Press and Public ref: 1682    For Determination

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Made at meeting: 20/01/2023 - Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Decision published: 20/01/2023

Effective from: 20/01/2023

Decision:

That, under section 100 (A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 the press and public should be excluded from the meeting for the following items on business on the grounds that this involved the likely disclosure of exempt information, as set out in the relevant paragraphs of Part 1, Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 and that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighed the public interest in disclosing the information.

 


20/01/2023 - Dates and Times of Future Meetings ref: 1681    For Determination

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Made at meeting: 20/01/2023 - Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Decision published: 20/01/2023

Effective from: 20/01/2023

Decision:

That the future date for the Bus Services Sub Committee be noted as 10 March 2023.


20/01/2023 - Chairs Announcements and Urgent Business ref: 1677    For Determination

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Made at meeting: 20/01/2023 - Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Decision published: 20/01/2023

Effective from: 20/01/2023

Decision:

 

There were no Chair’s announcements or items of urgent business.


20/01/2023 - Bus Operators Update ref: 1679    For Determination

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Made at meeting: 20/01/2023 - Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Decision published: 20/01/2023

Effective from: 20/01/2023

Decision:

1.      That bus operators be thanked for their verbal updates, and their contents noted.

2.      That bus operators and Members continue to contact TravelSafe to report any anti-social behaviour or safety concerns as they arise.

3.      That TfGM would report recent damage to First Bus vehicles directly to TravelSafe and ensure that Councillor Aldred is included in any correspondence.

4.      That a report on the Greater Manchester Road Activity Permit Scheme (GMRAPS) be brought to the next meeting of the Greater Manchester Transport Committee.

5.      That it be noted that Gary Nolan from One Bus would write separately to Councillor Tracey Rawlins (Executive Member for the Environment at Manchester City Council) regarding the City Plan for central Manchester and its impact on bus operations.

6.      That operators be invited to contact Councillor Lancaster directly should they wish to be involved in the forthcoming Jobs Fair in Bury.

7.      That it be noted that Stagecoach would write to Councillor Tracey Rawlins regarding the potential requirements for a permanent diversion away from Rusholme on Friday and Saturday evenings due to congestion levels.

 


20/01/2023 - Work Programme ref: 1680    For Determination

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Made at meeting: 20/01/2023 - Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Decision published: 20/01/2023

Effective from: 20/01/2023

Decision:

That the proposed Work Programme for the GM Transport Committee and its Sub Committees be noted.


20/01/2023 - Changes to the Bus Network and Review of Subsidised Bus Services Budget ref: 1678    For Determination

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Made at meeting: 20/01/2023 - Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Decision published: 20/01/2023

Effective from: 20/01/2023

Decision:

1.    That the changes on the commercial network set out in Annex A be noted.

2.    That the impact of the changes set out in Annex A be the subject of a further report to the next meeting of this Committee.

3.    That TfGM be asked to consider how they may be able to mitigate any risk to the de-registration of current services through future bus franchise procurement tranches.

4.    That the proposed changes to general subsidised services set out in Annex C be agreed.

5.    That TfGM would provide details of the revisions to services 586 and 132 directly to Councillor Vickers.

6.    That TfGM would pick up the concerns of Cllr Blackburn in relation to service 755 not including Altrincham Girls Grammar School outside of the meeting.

 


20/01/2023 - Local Link and Accessible Transport Review ref: 1675    For Determination

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Made at meeting: 20/01/2023 - Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Decision published: 20/01/2023

Effective from: 20/01/2023

Decision:

1.    That thanks be expressed to officers at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) for a comprehensive report.

2.    That members be encouraged to contact TfGM with specific issues relating to their communities and the Local Link service.

3.    That TfGM would speak directly to Councillor Rawlins regarding further promotional materials for Local Link within the Wythenshawe area.

 


20/01/2023 - Apologies ref: 1676    For Determination

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Made at meeting: 20/01/2023 - Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Decision published: 20/01/2023

Effective from: 20/01/2023

Decision:

That apologies be received and noted from Councillor Howard Sykes (Oldham), Bob Morris from Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and Alistair Nuttall (Arriva).


14/10/2022 - Minutes of the Sub Committee Meetings ref: 1517    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Made at meeting: 14/10/2022 - Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Decision published: 18/01/2023

Effective from: 14/10/2022

Decision:

1.    That the minutes of the Metrolink & Rail Sub Committee held on 23 September 2022 be noted.

 

2.    That the minutes of the Bus Services Sub Committee held on 7 October 2022 be noted.


14/10/2022 - Work Programme ref: 1520    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Made at meeting: 14/10/2022 - Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Decision published: 18/01/2023

Effective from: 14/10/2022

Decision:

1.    That the proposed Work Programme for the GM Transport Committee and its Sub Committees be noted.

 

2.    That all bus operators be reminded of their invitation to attend Bus Services Sub Committee.

 


14/10/2022 - TravelSafe Update ref: 1519    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Made at meeting: 14/10/2022 - Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Decision published: 18/01/2023

Effective from: 14/10/2022

Decision:

1.    That the report and its contents be noted.

 

2.    That officers would provide details of Councillor Aasim Rashid to the team within the GM Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) that provide VRU College Safety Roadshows.

 

3.    That officers would respond to Councillor Phil Burke’s queries regarding Anti-Social Behaviour on the Rochdale line outside the meeting.

 

4.    That the introduction of GMP Operation AVRO for the public transport network be noted as a new force wide GMP initiative and that thanks be expressed to officers at TfGM and GMP for their continued efforts in tackling crime and antisocial behaviour on the public network.  

 

5.    That the beginning of delivery of the Safer Streets (Round 4) projects be noted.

 

 


14/10/2022 - Network Review and Market Renewal Update ref: 1516    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Made at meeting: 14/10/2022 - Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Decision published: 18/01/2023

Effective from: 14/10/2022

Decision:

1.    That the challenges and opportunities facing the public transport network and the conditions and details for the Network Review and Market Renewal programme of work as set out in this report be noted.

 

2.    That an update on the ‘Get on Board’ campaign be brought to a future meeting.

 

3.    That once concluded, the findings of the exercise conducted looking at the implications around weekly ticket offers be shared with the Committee.

 

4.    That the Committee would receive an update on the ‘Information and Ticketing Road Map’ at the next meeting of the full Committee on 9 December 2022.

 

5.    That TfGM would continue to make the case to Government for a longer-term investment prospectus to support essential public transport services.

 

6.    That the outcome of the data gathering exercise looking at night-time economy patterns be shared with the Committee once available.

 

7.    That TfGM officers would feedback the suggestion of additional on-bus advertising ‘wraps’ to the marketing team.

 


14/10/2022 - Dates and Times of Future Meetings ref: 1521    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Made at meeting: 14/10/2022 - Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Decision published: 18/01/2023

Effective from: 14/10/2022

Decision:

That the dates and times of the Full Committee and the Sub Committees for the forthcoming year be noted.

 

Active Travel

28-Oct-22

Metrolink & Rail

11-Nov-22

Bus Services

18-Nov-22

Full committee

09-Dec-22

Metrolink & Rail

13-Jan-23

Bus Services

20-Jan-23

Full committee

17-Feb-23

Metrolink & Rail

03-Mar-23

Bus Services

10-Mar-23

Full committee

17-Mar-23

 

 

 


14/10/2022 - Minutes of the meeting held on 12 August 2022 ref: 1515    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Made at meeting: 14/10/2022 - Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Decision published: 18/01/2023

Effective from: 14/10/2022

Decision:

That the minutes of the GM Transport Committee meeting held on 12 August 2022 be approved as a correct record.

 


14/10/2022 - Chairs Announcements and Urgent Business ref: 1513    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Made at meeting: 14/10/2022 - Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Decision published: 18/01/2023

Effective from: 14/10/2022

Decision:

The Chair requested the Committee to note the appointment of Councillor Tracey Rawlins as Chair and Councillor Kevin Peel as Vice Chair for the Active Travel Sub Committee for the 2022/23 municipal year.

 


13/01/2023 - Chairs Announcements and Urgent Business ref: 1665    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Made at meeting: 13/01/2023 - Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Decision published: 18/01/2023

Effective from: 13/01/2023

Decision:

That it be noted:

 

 

1)    That Councillor Eamonn O’Brien had now joined the Committee as he had been appointed as the Combined Authority representative and replaced Councillor Andrew Western on this Committee; and

 

2)    That the rail report and update would be the first item of business to accommodate a diary request.

 

 


13/01/2023 - Metrolink Operator Update ref: 1671    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Made at meeting: 13/01/2023 - Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Decision published: 18/01/2023

Effective from: 13/01/2023

Decision:

RESOLVED/-

 

That the Metrolink Operator update be received and noted.

 


13/01/2023 - Work Programme ref: 1672    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Made at meeting: 13/01/2023 - Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Decision published: 18/01/2023

Effective from: 13/01/2023

Decision:

RESOLVED/-

 

That the Work Programme be received and noted.

 


13/01/2023 - Local Rail Services Performance Report ref: 1668    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Made at meeting: 13/01/2023 - Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Decision published: 18/01/2023

Effective from: 13/01/2023

Decision:

 

RESOLVED/-

1)    That the Local Rail Services Performance Report be received and noted.

 

2)    That a report outlining the reasons for poor performance would be brought to the next committee meeting.

 

3)    That it be noted that Northern and Avanti West Coast Trains agreed to respond to the questions in relation to refunded tickets, level of traffic on platforms, cancellation of trains and fair prices directly with Members.

 

4)    That a report on the Value of the Railway (currently being undertaken by Transport for the North (TfN) was scheduled to the Rail North Committee on 22February and this would be shared with this Committee at the next meeting.

 

5)    That it be noted that Northern Trains agreed to directly feedback to Members on specific questions: the outcomes of the Rest Day Working to Councillor Angie Clark; and to re-circulate the information on refunds to tickets to Councillor Damian Bailey.

 

 


13/01/2023 - Rail Operator Update ref: 1667    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Made at meeting: 13/01/2023 - Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Decision published: 18/01/2023

Effective from: 13/01/2023

Decision:

 

RESOLVED/-

1)    That the Rail Operator update be received and noted.

 

2)    That all Operators be requested to bring back an item to the next Committee meeting on staff morale and what measures through a employers duty-of-care were being taken to support staff and the changes to processes and rosters during a difficult period of productivity.

 

3)    That it be noted that Avanti West Coast agreed to feedback directly to Councillor Damian Bailey on the subject of data to map journeys between Manchester and London specifically how many were for leisure vs. business.

 

4)    That it be noted that Network Rail agreed to feedback directly to Councillor Noel Bayley on the subject of seating and planters on Platform 13 and 14 at Manchester Piccadilly Station.

 

 


13/01/2023 - Metrolink Service Performance Report ref: 1670    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Made at meeting: 13/01/2023 - Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Decision published: 18/01/2023

Effective from: 13/01/2023

Decision:

RESOLVED/-

 

That the Metrolink Service Performance Report be received and noted.

 


13/01/2023 - Evaluation of the Carriage of Dogs on Metrolink Pilot ref: 1669    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Made at meeting: 13/01/2023 - Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Decision published: 18/01/2023

Effective from: 13/01/2023

Decision:

 

RESOLVED/- That:

 

1)    That the findings of the pilot of the carriage of non-assistance dogs on Metrolink be received and noted; and

 

2)    That the proposal to continue to allow non-assistance dogs on the Metrolink Network, subject to the conditions of carriage be agreed.

 

3)    That it be noted that TfGM would bring an item back to the Committee on the subject of bicycles on the Metrolink revisiting a consultant report from when the network was purchased.

 

 


13/01/2023 - Minutes of the Previous Meeting ref: 1674    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Made at meeting: 13/01/2023 - Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Decision published: 18/01/2023

Effective from: 13/01/2023

Decision:

RESOLVED/-

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 11 November 2022 be approved as a correct and accurate record.

 


13/01/2023 - Declarations of Interest ref: 1666    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Made at meeting: 13/01/2023 - Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Decision published: 18/01/2023

Effective from: 13/01/2023

Decision:

There were no declarations received in relation to any item on the agenda.


13/01/2023 - Apologies ref: 1664    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Made at meeting: 13/01/2023 - Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Decision published: 18/01/2023

Effective from: 13/01/2023

Decision:

Apologies were received from, Councillors: John Vickers (Wigan), Mohammed Ayub (Bolton), Aasim Rashid (Rochdale), Kevin Peel (Bury) and Councillor Noel Bayley was substituting.

 


13/01/2023 - Dates and Times of Future Meetings ref: 1673    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Made at meeting: 13/01/2023 - Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Decision published: 18/01/2023

Effective from: 13/01/2023

Decision:

RESOLVED/-

 

That the dates and times of future meetings be received and noted.


21/12/2022 - PCC DN - Victim Assessment and Referral Contract Extension to June 2023 ref: 1663    Recommendations Approved

During 2019/2020, GMCA lead a review of victim services across Greater Manchester. The purpose of the review was to ensure that the commissioned services and grant fund are: aligned to the Standing Together priorities; cost effective; achieving the desired outcomes in the Victims Outcome Framework and; most importantly were supporting the needs of victims’. The outcome of the review was an agreement to undertake a recommissioning process for victim services in Greater Manchester.

Following this review, and also the conclusion of the maximum allowed 5 contracted years for the GM Victim Assessment and Referral Centre with provider Victim Support, an Invitation to Tender (ITT) was launched to recommission this service on 4th July 2022. This process resulted in notification to award a contract on 19th September 2022. It was intended for the successful provider to commence the collocated service following a mobilisation period on 1st December 2022

A legal challenge was launched by the unsuccessful bidder on 29th September 2022 resulting in a protracted standstill period. In order to reach a clear assured resolution and way forward, it was decided to restart the ITT with a new delivery timeline for the redesigned service scheduled to start in summer 2023.

As such, it is now required that the Victim Assessment and Referral Centre service provided by Victim Support be extended to operate until June 30th 2023. This is in order that a full ITT can be relaunched, with scope for any unexpected standstill, and sufficient mobilisation period for the new collocated service to transition and commence

Decision Maker: Treasurer GMCA

Decision published: 16/01/2023

Effective from: 21/12/2022

Decision:

That the contract in place for the Victims Assessment and Referral Services delivered by Victim Support is extended for a total of 15 months backdated from 1st April 2022, and concluding 30th June 2023. This Service will continue to act as a transitional interim measure whilst commissioning for the multi-crime gateway service for victims is implemented.


Year 5: 2nd year extension= 1st April 2022 – 30th June 2022
= 3 months @ £287,232.75

Year 6: concluding additional year due to unforeseen circumstances: 1st July 2022 – 30th June 2023
= 12 months @ £1,148,931

TOTAL £1,436,163.75

Funding for the period will be allocated via the MOJ Victims Budget

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


06/01/2023 - PCC DN - #IsThisOK advertising – Transport for Greater Manchester network ref: 1662    Recommendations Approved

To advertise and promote the launch of the next phase of #IsThisOK – Greater Manchester’s gender-based violence public engagement campaign

Decision Maker: Director for Police, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire

Decision published: 13/01/2023

Effective from: 06/01/2023

Decision:

GMCA pay Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) £11,003 (plus VAT) to advertise across their network from Monday 9 January to Sunday 12 February 2023.

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


06/01/2023 - PCC DN - Critical Incident Stress Management training ref: 1661    Recommendations Approved

This training is for health professionals and first responders involved in the care of groups following traumatic incidents.
During this 5 x 3 hour module programme delivered over 2.5 days,
participants will be taught the skills, structure and theory required to conduct a range of group interventions following critical incidents in the workplace and community. These include Crisis Management Briefing, Defusing and Critical Incident Stress Debriefing. Activities will provide opportunity to practice interventions in a safe, supportive and structured environment.
It will start the process of providing GM RASSO Service providers with the beginnings of a standard protocol of how they manage issues and incidents collectively. This is accredited training used by other organisations, including emergency services.
Additionally, this training will lead to increasing resilience across the VCSE sector which is a positive in terms of services provided and delivery of these.
It also assists staff within the sector. The training is designed for those who have experienced which may lead to trauma so is relevant for staff working within the SV sector due to the nature of their work.
Survivors will manage the programme and we will ask them to confirm who has accessed this training and any outcomes coming from this.

Decision Maker: Director for Police, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire

Decision published: 13/01/2023

Effective from: 06/01/2023

Decision:

£4900 (inc VAT) is provided to Survivors Manchester for the procuring of the Critical Incident Stress Management Course (CISM).
7 staff from Survivors Manchester will access this training and there will be 9 other spaces open to GM Sexual Violence support VCSE organisationswho are members of the Sexual Violence Harm Reduction Group. The training will be hosted and delivered at Survivors Manchester, and they will book relevant people onto the training. This works out at £367 per person accessing the training.

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


06/01/2023 - PCC DN - Violence reduction radio content for young people ref: 1660    Recommendations Approved

The VRU communications strategy has three key objectives:
1. Raise awareness of how Greater Manchester Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) is working together with partners and the community to address serious violence and its underlying causes.
2. Promote an alternative to violence by showcasing opportunities for people affected by violence and build aspirations for young people through campaigns and communications activity.
3. Demonstrate the impact of the VRU in reducing serious violence, especially violence amongst young people.

To deliver against these objectives, the VRU has a content plan for the year.
This includes using our existing channels (VRU website, social media accounts, earned media) to reach young people and parents with key messages;
- Positive alternatives to violence
- Opportunities
- Voice of lived experience - other young people, members of the community
- Violence reduction campaigns

We are continually trying to grow the number of young people we reach with our messages and are keen to use radio as a new way of reaching people by tapping into existing and regular audiences.

Decision Maker: Director for Police, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire

Decision published: 13/01/2023

Effective from: 06/01/2023

Decision:

The VRU is seeking to award £29,848 to Unity Radio to produce and air radio content specifically aimed at young people in Greater Manchester. We will use radio as an additional way of reaching more young people and young people that can be hard to reach through our existing platforms – VRU website and social channels.

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


06/01/2023 - PCC DN - GM Sports and Physical Activity Strategic Delivery Partner ref: 1659    Recommendations Approved

In recognition of the positive impact that sport can have on young people’s experiences, and its essential role in helping many young people to avoid negative situations, peer contacts, and routines and help to prevent involvement in youth offending, the VRU would like to build on our previous investments in this area, by allocating £600,000 of funding across three years (in 2022/23, 2023/24, 2024/25).

In line with the Strategic Needs Assessment findings, this would enable the VRU Community Sport Lead to continue to explore opportunities to embed the work already developed in partnership with Street Games and their community sport analysis tool, as an evidence-based approach to delivering the VRU’s vision for the role of community sport;
• ‘more sport in more places,
• more workforce with more competencies, and
• more vulnerable young people referred and engaged in community sport’.

As part of the contract, Street Grams will be expected to

• Support existing commissioned activity and grant programmes originating from the GMCA/VRU/LAs and influence existing arrangements to adopt a uniform set of academically supported core deliverables, principles and outcomes.
• Support communities and stakeholders to better understand the approach taken when funding and commissioning into sport and physical activity-based interventions, which include
o Diversional Activity, taking an evidence-based approach to addressing the drivers of youth violence and how sport and physical activity provision can deter those young people from further engagement in youth violence
o Place-Based Pilot programmes, including
? Stabilising the delivery of sport-based, early intervention and prevention approaches across targeted place-based communities, building capacity in local providers to enable a uniformed, evidence-based approach to addressing the needs of local communities.
? Connecting hyper local, place-based organisations that deliver evidence-based sport-interventions to the criminal justice system, using consistent, quality assured implementation standards, and robust referral pathways to address secondary and tertiary needs.
? Evaluate the impact of evidence-based practice on the development of pro-social and protective factors of beneficiaries.
? Further develop a strategic analysis tool to identify opportunities and shortcomings, which can be presented to, and addressed locally through multi-agency partnership boards.
• Manage and deliver a number of Communities of Learning & Practice / Network Events to align professionals, practitioners and providers to enable further collaboration, to share learning, understand new research, insight and trends, and further develop and embed sport and physical activities as a vehicle for positive behaviour change and the reduction of youth violence.
• Lead a cross-sector and multi-agency workforce and organisational development programme that enhances sport-based providers’ capacity & capabilities and their impact to deliver in line with the VRU’s primary, secondary and tertiary prevention agendas.
o This will ensure high quality, evidence lead and trauma informed practices are established across the VRU, placing ‘prevention’ at the heart of the delivery and ensuring necessary safeguarding protocols and risk management strategies are in place to manage the heightened risk and behaviours seen by working in the secondary and tertiary prevention spheres.
o The Provider will need to work with partner organisations to commission directly or refer the young people they are engaged with into more targeted services such as mentoring or counselling, where appropriate to enhance the support to the young person and ultimately reduce the young person’s involvement in risky behaviours that can lead to criminality and violence.
• Develop and embed a clear policy cycle for the delivery of primary, secondary and tertiary sport and physical activity interventions.
• Work with local strategic and delivery partners to develop a longer-term sustainable delivery offer for sport and physical activity interventions supporting the aims of the GM VRU
• Work with evaluation partners to evaluate the impact of commissioned and non-commissioned sport and physical activity interventions.
• Service and further embed the regional Greater Manchester Early Intervention Sport and Youth Justice (GMEISYJ) Board, and place-based boards where appropriate, to explore and develop proposals across the region, embedding community-based sport and physical activity as a viable and effective option to bring about an improvement in individual, community and social outcomes

Decision Maker: Treasurer GMCA

Decision published: 13/01/2023

Effective from: 06/01/2023

Decision:

The GMCA awards Street Games the contract as set as advertised in GMCA 591.

The contract is for the provision of a Community Sport Strategic Delivery Partner for the Greater Manchester Violence Reduction Unit commencing January 2023 March 2025 at a cost of £600,000 which will be funded through the GM Violence Reduction Unit’s budget, as agreed with the Home Office.

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


22/12/2022 - PCC DN - authorisation to sign the S.22 agreement of the North West Emergency Services Network (ESN) ref: 1658    Recommendations Approved

There is a proposal to update the North West Emergency Services Network s22A Collaboration Agreement into the new template developed by APACE in collaboration with the NPCC and the Association of Police Lawyers.

The parties to the current agreement are Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester Police, Lancashire, Merseyside and the Lead Chief Officer and Policing Body are Cheshire.

The ESN project was set up by the Home Office in 2016 to replace the existing Airwave radio network. Each NW Force had a small project team with the Chief Constables from each Force agreeing to contribute towards a small regional team. A section 22 agreement was signed and has been in place since 2017.

Ordinarily there would not be an issue with transitioning to the new form of Agreement. However, recently the Home Office announced a major delay to the programme (2 to 3 years) and NPCC made a decision to stand down all regional teams. This is due to happen for the NW at the end of March 2023. In November 2022, the Chief Constable of Cheshire advised in a letter that they had recently taken the pragmatic decision to wind down the regional ESN team given the lack of progress nationally on the project.

One of the general principles of the new form Agreement is that each Party is to share fairly the benefits, risks and liabilities of the collaboration. This will involve each party making a financial contribution to cover its share of any part of the budget that is not covered by external funding. Greater Manchester general contribution ratio is 41.98%.

A Force may withdraw from the collaboration by giving twelve months’ notice or the agreement may be terminated at any time by the unanimous agreement of the parties.

Given the national position, and the wish to disband the current arrangements, Cheshire would be amenable to reducing the required notice period and ending the Collaboration by mutual consent. However, it should be noted that the cost sharing provisions contained within the new iteration of the S22 agreement are different. In the new form, the cost of any redundancies of staff who are members of the Centrally Funded Team are a liability of the NORTH WEST EMERGENCY SERVICES NETWORK and the parties agree to proportionately reimburse the cost of any redundancy in accordance with the Apportionment Ratio. The potential implications of this are set out in the Financial Comments section of this decision.

Reasons why the updates decision should be signed:

S22A Collaborations should be on the most up to date template, as part of good governance. HMICFRS have a particular interest in collaborations. GMCA were not named on the previous S22a (it referred instead to PCC for GM) and the new form is updated for GDPR.

GMP/GMCA are still a party to the collaboration even though we haven’t signed the updated version, but every other regional CC and Policing body has. We will need to work together to agree the position as to how the Agreement will come to an end by way of mutual consent in March 2023.

If the parties cannot reach agreement, then mutual termination will not be possible and will trigger each party serving a 12 months notice to exit and continuing to pay the costs of and incidental to that.

This would be a complex and difficult scenario to navigate through. GMP has some favourable information surrounding the funding below, which suggests that a pragmatic way forward should be adopted.

Whilst this Agreement will be terminated in March 2023 there are of course many other agreements that remain in existence so there is a need to maintain relations in that regard.

Decision Maker: Treasurer GMCA

Decision published: 13/01/2023

Effective from: 22/12/2022

Decision:

The Deputy Mayor authorises the entering into of the above S.22A agreement, for the NORTH WEST EMERGENCY SERVICES NETWORK (ESN)

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


20/12/2022 - PCC DN - Increased payment to ‘I am greater’ campaign murals and end point survey (Hitch Marketing) ref: 1657    Recommendations Approved

I am greater murals have been painted in three locations across Greater Manchester – Tameside, Bury and Salford.
Young people designed the murals with an artist (Oskar with a k) and were taught how to spray paint.
Different colours were used for each mural to make them unique – this made paint costs higher than initially expected.

The end point survey will evaluate the performance of the second phase of the campaign and act as a baseline for the third phase. We have used a survey company (Obsurvant) to ensure a good number of responses, as previously we have struggled to have young people complete surveys. A pair of airpods have also been purchased by Hitch as an incentive for young people to complete the survey.

Decision Maker: Director for Police, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire

Decision published: 13/01/2023

Effective from: 20/12/2022

Decision:

The GM VRU is seeking to provide Hitch Marketing with an extra £2,002 to cover additional costs for the I am greater murals and end-point survey.
£8,410 was initially awarded to Hitch for this work, additional spend was required to cover material costs (underestimated initially) and survey completion.

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


05/01/2023 - PCC DN - I am Greater Phase 3 ref: 1656    Recommendations Approved

Due to the success of the first two phases of the campaign, a decision has been made to run a third phase.
The third phase will build on active bystander training/messaging which was delivered in the second phase with clear examples of how to safely intervene when violent language is used, to prevent the situation from escalating.
Additional resources will be created for schools and colleges and for parents.

Decision Maker: Treasurer GMCA

Decision published: 13/01/2023

Effective from: 05/01/2023

Decision:

The GM VRU is seeking to commission a third phase of the I am greater campaign. The campaign is aimed at young people in GM and encourages them to be greater than violence by identifying with positive role models and being an active bystander. The third phase of the campaign will build on the first two phases, and include young people in the design and creation of campaign materials. The total amount of funding to be awarded is £50,000.

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


20/12/2022 - PCC DN - SICK! Productions, knife crime project ref: 1655    Recommendations Approved

The Knife Crime Project (as yet untitled) will commission high quality graphic artists to co-produce a series of graphic designed triptychs with young people and communities around their unique experiences concerning knife crime. Th exhibition will be displayed in St. Peters Square and across the Greater Manchester Metrolink Network. It will be presented as part of SICK! Festival throughout May 2024, drawing on the successful partnership with Manchester City Council and TfGM in presenting “I Am” by Allie Crewe as part of SICK! Festival 2022, “Mindscapes” in 2021 and “Graphic Encounters” in 2019.

The knife crime project will produce the artwork through a collaborative approach with young people and other community members throughout 2023. Creative producers, artists and community partners, will use a trauma informed approach to work with the groups to explore their thoughts, feelings and stories around their experiences of knife crime. They will work with key community partners to identify and support young people and communities through the process, including 42nd Street, Manchester Youth Zone and RECLAIM. A graphic artist will then work with the groups to develop their stories as graphic artworks.

SICK! Productions is a North Manchester-based, diversity-led arts charity (RCN. 1116008) focused on using art and arts experiences to connect people and communities through exploring shared vulnerabilities, especially around mental and physical health.

Decision Maker: Director for Police, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire

Decision published: 13/01/2023

Effective from: 20/12/2022

Decision:

The GM VRU is seeking to provide match funding for SICK! Productions, who are working with young people, community members and artists to produce a series of installations about their unique experiences of knife crime.

The funding from the VRU will cover the workshops with victims and perpetrators to understand their stories and create a visual art installation.
The total amount of funding to be given by the VRU is £7,500.

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


20/12/2022 - PCC DN - Stop the bleed day (CitizenAid), video and co-creation ref: 1654    Recommendations Approved

There is a need to provide better training to young people on how to identify and stop a bleed.
The Manchester Arena Inquiry Report, Volume 2-II, includes the following recommendation:
The Department for Education should consider extending the National Curriculum to ensure that pupils, once of an appropriate age, receive education in all first responder interventions.

‘Stop the bleed’ day will allow large numbers of young people to receive potentially life saving first aid training.
If the pilot in GM is successful, CitizenAid plan to roll out nationally.

Decision Maker: Director for Police, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire

Decision published: 13/01/2023

Effective from: 20/12/2022

Decision:

The GM VRU is seeking to support CitizenAid with the GM pilot of ‘Stop the bleed’ day, a day that will teach young people how to identify and stop a bleed. The format will be similar to ‘Restart a heart day’, where young people will be shown a video and given chance to try out what they learn.

The funding from the VRU will cover the co-design of the video with young people and filming and editing. CitizenAid are covering costs for website, social content and equipment for training.
The total amount of funding to be given by the VRU is £8,000. This will be given to EY3 who will lead on co-creation and video filming and editing.

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


22/12/2022 - PCC DN - Rewards for Operation Pelf and Sandpiper ref: 1653    Recommendations Approved

Operation Pelf: Ongoing investigation regarding a missing person who is suspected to have been murdered.

Operation Sandpiper: Ongoing investigation into the murder of a young male.

In both of the above cases, it is firmly believed that the reward is a necessary addition of the ongoing investigations, to encourage vital intelligence.

Decision Maker: Treasurer GMCA

Decision published: 13/01/2023

Effective from: 22/12/2022

Decision:

The sum of £50,000 be allocated to Operation Pelf for the purpose of a reward.

The sum of £50,000 be allocated to Operation Sandpiper for the purpose of a reward.

One off allocations, total value £100,000

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


22/12/2022 - PCC DN - Extension to GM Drug Related Deaths (DRD) contract ref: 1652    Recommendations Approved

Drug related death (DRD) remains a significant issue at both a local and national level within England and Wales, with 2019’s death registrations showing a new record number of drug poisonings recorded for the eighth consecutive year. The 10 local authorities across Greater Manchester have seen a substantial rise in both drug misuse deaths (48.8%) and deaths from drug poisoning (which include drug misuse deaths) (151.3%) since the ONS began collecting this data in 1993. The rise has been particularly acute since 2013, and the majority of overdose deaths occur outside of the treatment system.
This system will enable data and information to be compiled by local
authority in the following areas:
-demographics and trends
-substances implicated in toxicology
-cause and verdicts of deaths where available
-common themes such as employment/accommodation/relationship
status
-characteristics of deaths
This will build a more detailed picture across GM of what is happening in relation to drug related deaths, help in improving the response to these and assist with delivering the ambition of reducing drug related deaths in GM.


Decision Maker: Treasurer GMCA

Decision published: 13/01/2023

Effective from: 22/12/2022

Decision:

The contract with Liverpool John Moores University for the provision of a Drug and Alcohol Related Deaths Monitoring System is extended for a period of 12-months in accordance with the provisions of the contract.

The value of the 12-month extension is £74,160 reflecting a 3% uplift due to increased costs to the provider. GMCA will commission this system on behalf of the 10 GM local authorities with the local authorities fully funding the system as set out below. Funding has been agreed via the GM Drug and Alcohol Commissioners Group.

Bolton 7,520
Bury 4,995
Manchester 14,459
Oldham 6,201
Rochdale 5,817
Salford 6,769
Stockport 7,674
Tameside 5,923
Trafford 6,207
Wigan 8,595

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


12/12/2022 - PCC DN - NGO Forum catering ref: 1651    Recommendations Approved

The NGO Forum is an active network of VCSE and public sector organisations who engage with each other, and Challenger, to share information and build the capacity of all members to identify and tackle modern slavery and human trafficking. Engagement in meetings is voluntary and they last three hours. Providing refreshments supports the ability of people to be able to travel and attend the meetings in person, improving networking capabilities.

Partyline is a Manchester based catering company utilised by GMCA for a range of meetings and events

Decision Maker: Director for Police, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire

Decision published: 13/01/2023

Effective from: 12/12/2022

Decision:

Up to £1,000 be allocated for Partyline to provide refreshments for attendees to the NGO Forum meetings and other engagement events, hosted by Challenger, during 2022/23.

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


12/12/2022 - PCC DN - Modern slavery campaign amends ref: 1650    Recommendations Approved

Media and Design have designed campaign assets for the Challenger Modern Slavery campaign, focusing on forced labour, sexual exploitation and domestic servitude. Work has been undertaken to refresh the assets and web landing page, following a soft launch in October 2022, ahead of hard launch in November 2022.

Decision Maker: Director for Police, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire

Decision published: 13/01/2023

Effective from: 12/12/2022

Decision:

£2,350 plus VAT be provided to Media and Digital for amends and refresh to campaign material for the Challenger Modern Slavery campaign.

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


22/12/2022 - PCC DN - Extension of 2Novate Victim Services Review Support Phase 2: Commissioning Gateway’ Multi-crime service’ for victims ref: 1649    Recommendations Approved

Over the past number of months, the GMCA have been carrying out a Victim Services Strategic Review. The purpose of which is to ensure that services we commission, or grant fund are aligned to strategic priorities; cost effective; achieving the desired outcomes in the Victims Outcomes Framework and most importantly, are supporting the needs of victims.

The review has considered both system and structural issues across the criminal justice system.

As a result of earlier demand modelling work and the development of viable delivery options, the Deputy Mayor and Chief Constable have agreed to progress the development of a Hybrid model for the core ‘Multi-crime gateway service’ which they commission.

In late September 2022, following a tender process (ITT) a preferred provider for the new service was identified however the decision to award the contract to this provider was challenged. As a result of this challenge and a review of the procurement approach, the decision was taken to discontinue the tender and issue a new ITT that will ensure the strategic alignment of linked commissions.

To achieve this GMCA are seeking to secure additional commissioning support that will provide both capacity and capability to the design and evaluation of the new ITT and lead the implementation of the of the new service model.

The aforementioned work has been supported by 2Novate, previous decision and exemption attached, up to this point and it has been agreed through an exemption waiver, that this knowledge and skill base should be continued to the conclusion of the process.


Decision Maker: Treasurer GMCA

Decision published: 13/01/2023

Effective from: 22/12/2022

Decision:

That the consultancy services of ‘2Novate’ be extended to 30 June 2023 in order to provide essential key support for the completion of the procurement process in order to identify a supplier for the GM victims multi-crime gateway service.

1st November 2022 – 30th June 2023
8 x Months = Total £48,500

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


12/12/2022 - PCC DN - EXCELLENCE IN POLICE FINANCE PROGRAMME - GMP ref: 1648    Recommendations Approved

CIPFA’s Excellence in Policing Finance (EPF) programme works with police forces to build on existing finance capacity, deliver tangible improvements and maximise financial health across the sector.
This 12 month programme will support the development of key skills and processes in policing finance

Decision Maker: Director for Police, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire

Decision published: 13/01/2023

Effective from: 12/12/2022

Decision:

The Deputy Mayor agrees to part fund the programme with GMP - £20K in total- GMP £10k & GMCA 10k.

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


16/12/2022 - PCC DN - Victim support services – in year uplift cost of living (MOJ Victims Grant and Police Property Act Fund) ref: 1647    Recommendations Approved

The Ministry of Justice announced an in-year uplift to PCC’s core grant funding in August 2022 which had to be spent by March 2023, with no commitments to this continuing after this date. Greater Manchester received £285,000. It was agreed to prioritise this funding on assisting organisations supporting victims with the increased cost-of-living and providing practical support in people accessing services to cope with this over the winter months.

We carried out an expression of interest process to allocate this funding and specified that we would prioritise support for:

• Communities of identity
• No recourse to public funds
• Older People
• People with disabilities

Organisations could bid for a maximum of £25,000 and in the majority of cases we part funded bids following the review of applications.

The fund was oversubscribed and therefore after the undertaking of a robust assessment process it has been agreed to fund an additional £61,498 of funding requests through the Police Property Act Fund. This is due to the evident demand within organisations and the obvious need of people accessing services articulated within applications.

£4593 will to be provided to Manchester City Council for the commissioning of the LGBT IDVA at the LGBT Foundation. This is jointly funded by the GMCA and MCC. MCC have agreed an inflationary uplift with the provider. This is an uplift to their core funding via MCC due to the cost of living and associated pressure on budgets. This uplift will be funded from MoJ victims grant funding.

Decision Maker: Treasurer GMCA

Decision published: 13/01/2023

Effective from: 16/12/2022

Decision:

A total of £351,091 is allocated to organisations supporting victims of crime – primarily organisations working with victims and survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence to assist with the cost-of-living crisis and supporting those accessing services over the winter months.

£289,593 will be provided through the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) in-year uplift funding to victims’ core grant funding and £61,498 will be provided through the Police Property Act funding. All funding is being used on practical measures such as care packages, additional capacity within services e.g., peer mentor sessions and group counselling, costs to support people accessing services and interpreter costs. Funding awarded is outlined below:

Organisation Amount
Caribbean and African Health Network (CAHN) £8000
Olive Pathway £10,500
Survivors Manchester £12,500
LGBT Foundation £9000 – cost of living uplift funding
£4593 – to be provided to Manchester City Council for the commissioning of the LGBT IDVA at the LGBT Foundation. This is jointly funded by the GMCA and MCC. MCC have agreed an inflationary uplift with the provider. due to the cost of living and associated pressure on budgets. This uplift will come from the MoJ core victims grant funding.

Safety4Sisters £14,040
NESTAC £13,000
GM Law Centre £12,500
Wigan Council (to disseminate through DIAS) £25,000
Endeavour £17,962
Migdal Emunah £12,000
Safenet £10240
WaiYin £9500
Dimobi Children's Disability Trust £7885
The River Manchester £11,600
Pankhurst Trust (Manchester Women’s Aid) £12,000
Manchester Action on Street Health (MASH) £10,000
Action Together Oldham for:
1. Support Action Women’s Network (SAWN)
2. REEL CIC
3. Werneth and Freehold Community Development Project
4. Peaceful Minds CIC
5. UK Education and Faith Foundation (UKeff)
£25,000
Rochdale Women’s Welfare Association (RWWA) £16,700
Rochdale Connections Trust £3000
Victim Support in Rochdale £5000
WHAG £8250
Salford Foundation £12,000
Salford Women’s Aid £7500
Stockport Women’s Centre £8156
Bridges £10,000
LEAP £6500
Trafford Council (for TDAS) £13,100
Stockport without Abuse £12000
Diversity Matters Northwest £13,565
Warm Hut UK £10,000
Total £351,091


Lead officer: Lisa Lees


12/12/2022 - PCC DN - Youth Justice event – 26th January 2023 room booking – Chamber of Commerce ref: 1646    Recommendations Approved

GMCA have recently revised and launched a new GM Youth Justice Transformation Plan. As part of promoting the plan and beginning to drive implementation and delivery the Lead DCS for Youth Justice asked that an in-person event be held with partners to support this. We feel this is important to provide a chance for partners to come together, collaborate and identify how we can better work together at a GM level.

The event will be attended by Youth Justice Services, wider local authority colleagues who are key to delivery, GMP and GMCA. The CEO of the Youth Justice Board has agreed to attend to introduce the event to set the national context and Dr Alex Chard, an expert in research in this field, will also be in attendance to provide an input around his research into intergenerational violence and the impacts of this on young people.

Decision Maker: Director for Police, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire

Decision published: 13/01/2023

Effective from: 12/12/2022

Decision:

£1200 (excl.VAT) to the Chamber of Commerce for room hire for a Youth Justice Transformation Plan event. The room is booked from 12-4:30pm. The venue holds 100 people to accommodate all partners in attendance as this is a large event and there were no other rooms available in Central Manchester on this date or time with this capacity. We need to have this in central Manchester due to accessibility and the external partners attending.

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


12/12/2022 - PCC DN - Funding for TARN (Trauma Audit & Research Network) 2020-2022 Comparator Report via The University of Manchester ref: 1645    Recommendations Approved

This report provides a robust method of data collection and analysis for a focused 2 week sprint audit to review the prevalence of people presenting to hospitals in Greater Manchester as a result of interpersonal violence. Two previous local reports provided a rich source of data and the aim is to continue to run this audit annually for 5 years in total to allow a rich local comparator dataset across all hospitals in Greater Manchester who receive trauma patients.

In parallel there was a national report funded by NHS England in 2021 using the same methodology.

The Trauma Audit & Research Network (TARN) is the mandated national clinical audit for traumatic injury and collects data from all trauma receiving hospitals across England, Wales and Ireland.

Established in 1990, TARN has become the key national provider for delivering evidence of quality trauma care for both clinical and commissioning purposes.

Through the data submitted to TARN, information is delivered to hospitals in the form of clinical reports and Major Trauma Dashboards to support all trusts in their governance of trauma care. In addition, the organisation is central in providing the facility to support allocation of the Best Practice Tariff for Major Trauma in excess of £60 million per annum across NHS England.

The organisation is able to deliver national quality improvement projects on behalf of Department of Health, NHS England and other healthcare bodies. TARN currently provides hospital level information to support the National Clinical Audit Benchmarking (NCAB) programme which was established by the CQC and HQIP to provide a snapshot of Trust audit data set against individual national benchmarks.

TARN has a strong global reputation in trauma research and holds the largest European trauma registry (approx. 1 million records). In the last 10 years, the group has generated 100+ publications with a further 50+ ongoing research projects within its portfolio.

No other organisation has the infrastructure and access to previous data to support this sprint audit and data analysis.

Decision Maker: Director for Police, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire

Decision published: 13/01/2023

Effective from: 12/12/2022

Decision:

The GM VRU is seeking to award £5,000 to The University of Manchester to commission a report to review the prevalence of people presenting to hospitals in Greater Manchester as a result of interpersonal violence.

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


08/12/2022 - PCC DN - VRU’s Parent and Carer Support offer ref: 1644    Recommendations Approved

The Greater Manchester Strategy recognises that the pandemic has disproportionately impacted our people and places, and acknowledges that recovery will be tough. In Greater Manchester, we will make every effort to ensure that all our people are supported to live a good life, through all ages and stages in their lives. This includes a commitment to supporting our children and young people to be good learners, with any necessary family help, education recovery, wrap-around provision and health and wellbeing needs being met.

As outlined within the GM VRU’s Serious Violence Action Plan our ambition to ‘ensure that families and communities that are affected by serious violence are effectively supported through our place-based offer’ (priority 3) recognising the significant impact that violence of any kind can have on the lives of families. In recognition that families can be both an important protective factor and a deterrent. The VRU are committed to promoting the importance of intervening earlier in Greater Manchester so that families can get help when they need it and not just when they hit crisis point. Working in partnership with national and local research institutes and families themselves to get a better understanding of what families that experience violence need so that we can be smarter and more creative about the services we offer to them.

In June 2021, the VRU in partnership with the Innovation Hub held a Primary School Summit, to address growing anecdotal concerns from primary schools in GM that issues of intergenerational violence and knife carrying appeared to be increasingly prevalent and were affecting children at a younger age than had previously been the case. Of those attendees working in schools 83% indicated that behaviour, particularly in respect to violence or threats of violence, had become worse. There was a notable call for parental education in the context of digital education and positive role modelling in their use of technology and digital interactions. It was agreed that interventions that seek to break the inter-generational concerns should include holistic family approaches for strong, consistent parenting.

The development of the VRU’s Community Led Programmes has found that in many areas of Greater Manchester many families struggle to engage with statutory services and will only engage when they hit a crisis point e.g., when certain behaviours have escalated and are now posing a risk. Parents and carers have welcomed the family support offers available in their areas with one parent who was struggling to get support in place at school with the support of a family worker they would never have known who to go to.

A full competitive tender process will be undertaken, supported and moderated by procurement and Information Governance. A further decision notice will be submitted once the successful bidder has been identified.

The service will be contract managed by the Children and Young People’s Principal (Frank Hamill) and will be subject to ongoing evaluation by the GMCA evaluation partner.


Decision Maker: Treasurer GMCA

Decision published: 13/01/2023

Effective from: 08/12/2022

Decision:

The Deputy Mayor agrees to the funding allocation of £750,000 of VRU core funding to develop and deliver a programme strength based, trauma informed, support for parents and carers

This funding will be delivered across periods 2022/2023, 2023/2024, 2024/2025. The contract will commence from contract award until 31 March 2025.

This amount has been agreed by the Serious Violence Governance Board as well as key stakeholders, including GMCA senior leadership and the relevant Home Office departments.

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


08/12/2022 - PCC DN - Extension to Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Funding Programmes ref: 1643    Recommendations Approved

In late 2020, the Government announced £10 million of funding in the Budget (from April 2020 to March 2021), for interventions that address the behaviours of domestic abuse perpetrators. This additional investment builds on from the previous Police Transformation Funding but with a particular focus on developing a strong evidence base across PCC’s, to identify successful interventions.

In December 2020 the Home Office announced that GMCA were successful in securing £1,082,129 of funding.

In April 2021 the Home Office explained that they wanted to provide GMCA with additional funding to extend the existing programmes as described in the Original Grant Agreement by a further six months from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022.

In late Spring 2022, confirmation from the Home Office was received that they were providing a continuation of funding for the programmes with the same conditions

The schemes are fully funded to total amount of £2,812,146 and GMCA is not required to provide any match-funding in addition to the original match funding.

The funding stream 066 DAP will directly fund TLC to deliver interventions in Manchester, Salford, Stockport and Wigan as per the original grant agreement in December 2020.
Those Programmes will be;

• Children and Young People, The Respect Young People’s Programme for child to parent abuse A programme for adolescent perpetrators
• Female Perpetrators, 1-2-1 programme delivery for female perpetrators in heterosexual or same sex relationships
• Male Perpetrators, Bridging to Change group behaviour change programme for male perpetrators in heterosexual relationships
• Perpetrators who speak English as a second language respect 1-2-1 programme for perpetrators (male or female) who speak English as a second language

The funding Stream 066 Drive will continue to deliver the national Drive model which will deliver interventions for high risk, high harm perpetrators will be delivered in Manchester and Salford. The Drive National Team will continue to work closely with TLC to ensure effective delivery of the model.

A robust evaluation framework will be embedded into the programme and conducted by the GMCA Research team. This will provide an evidence base across a range of perpetrator interventions and risk levels, applying a whole system approach throughout which will help inform future commissioning conversations at both a local and regional level.


The Funding Stream 066 DAPP, will support general perpetrator interventions and be grant funded to local authorities.

The Funding Stream 066 CYP will support child and adolescent interventions and be grant funded to local authorities.

This is a continuation of the second round of funding from August 21.

The funding is aimed to increase the geographic expansion of programmes and the target cohort through adaptation of programmes to reach wider needs.
Grants will be provided to PCCs as the lead partner, but the expectation is that PCCs will deliver the intervention in collaboration with a partner organisation.

As a part of the bid that has been accepted by the home office it was agreed that Local Authorities within GM would be the partner organisation.



Decision Maker: Treasurer GMCA

Decision published: 13/01/2023

Effective from: 08/12/2022

Decision:

GMCA have been successful in securing an extension to the Home Office grant funding, to support the continuation of perpetrator-focused domestic abuse interventions.

In the original pilot areas in December 2020, were Salford, Manchester, Wigan and Stockport where TLC were identified as our delivery partner, given that we already have a commissioning relationship with them, which complies with the Home Office conditions.

The conditions to the extension are the same as the original funding, therefore this is a continuation of the original grant agreement.

066 DAP Pand 066 Drive are the new Home Office grant agreements for this element of the funding.

The funding for this element will be awarded to Talk, Listen, Change (TLC) for the delivery of a range of perpetrator programmes set out in the DAPP grant agreement and the Drive Grant Agreement

This includes:

• £243,997 (Drive Programme Fund)
• £1,051600 (Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme Fund)
• A total amount of £1,295,597



Greater Manchester Combined Authority have also been successful in an extension to the round 2 funding and will be receiving a grant from the Home Office for Domestic Abuse Perpetrator work.

The funding was aimed to increase the geographic expansion of programmes and the target cohort through adaptation of programmes to reach wider needs.

Adult 066 grant agreement and 066 CYP grant agreements.

The element of this funding is that grants will be provided to PCCs as the lead partner, but the expectation is that PCCs will deliver the intervention in collaboration with a partner organisation.

Local Authorities within GM will continue to be partner organisation’s and commission a range of perpetrator programmes set out in the Adult and CYP grant agreements:

This includes;

? £992,050 for to support general perpetrator interventions(Adult)

? £524,499 for to support child and adolescent interventions. (CYP)


A total amount for Adult & CYP is £1,516,549


A total amount for all 4 elements of the Home Office Extension 066 is –

£2,812,146

For the Adult and the CYP interventions the rest of Greater Manchester will be in receipt of funding as follows;

• GMCA have allocated £167, 000 Bolton for adult interventions,
For Bolton to Commission, TRAC Psychological (Inner Strength) to deliver a range of perpetrator programmes including expand Inner Strength: strength-based therapeutic interventions for perpetrators & victims

• GMCA have allocated £335,000 Bury Interventions

£185,000 for TLC: Talk, Listen, Change to deliver the Drive Programme, this funding will be paid directly to TLC to extend current Drive provision into Bury
£100,00 for Bury for adult interventions,
• For Bury Council to Commission TLC to deliver a range of perpetrator programmes, New DAPPs for men in heterosexual relationships & adapted 121 programme for ESOL & those in gay & bisexual relationships

£ 50,000 For Children and Young people interventions
• For Bury Council to commission TLC to deliver, Child Respect Young People’s Programme for CYP (children & young people) age 10-16 abusive or violent towards parents/carers.
• For Bury Council to commission TLC to deliver, Child TLC Healthy Relationships Programme adapted & shortened version of TLC’s DAPP (behaviour change programme), for CYP age 10+ violent towards intimate partners / peers.


• GMCA have allocated. £187,000 for Oldham Interventions

£100,00 for Oldham for adult interventions,
• For Oldham Council to Commission TLC to deliver a range of perpetrator programmes, New DAPPs for men in heterosexual relationships & adapted 121 programme for ESOL & those in gay & bisexual relationships
£ 87,000 For Children and Young people interventions,
• For Oldham Council to commission TLC to deliver, Child Respect Young People’s Programme for CYP (children & young people) age 10-16 abusive or violent towards parents/carers.
• For Oldham Council to commission TLC to deliver, Child TLC Healthy Relationships Programme adapted & shortened version of TLC’s DAPP (behaviour change programme), for CYP age 10+ violent towards intimate partners / peers.

• GMCA have allocated £234,000 for Rochdale for adult interventions,
£135,000 for TLC: Talk, Listen, change to deliver the Drive Programme, this funding will be paid directly to TLC to extend current Drive provision.
For Children and Young people
£31,039 for Rochdale to commission a VCSE provider to deliver Child to Parent Abuse and Intimate Partner Abuse and £68,960 for the Early Help Team to also deliver Child to Parent Abuse and Intimate Partner Abuse a total of – £99,999
• GMCA have allocated. £445,000 to Tameside
£245,000 for adult interventions,
High risk perpetrators - Expand Roots Tenancy Support & Compliance Service (for MAPPA & PPO high-risk offenders) to work with perpetrators
£ 200,000 For Children and Young people interventions
• For Tameside Council to Commission TLC to deliver a Child to Parent Abuse programme Respect Young People’s Programme for CYP (children & young people) age 10-16 abusive or violent towards parents/carers. Covers: Insight into violence & abuse & its’ effects, Emotional regulation, Solution focused work & goal setting

• GMCA have allocated £147,500 for Trafford Interventions
£60,000 for Trafford to allocate to adult interventions,
• Make a Change Perpetrator Programme
£ 87,500 For Children and Young people interventions
• For Trafford Council to commission TLC to deliver, Child Respect Young People’s Programme for CYP (children & young people) age 10-16 abusive or violent towards parents/carers.
• For Trafford Council to commission TLC to deliver, Child TLC Healthy Relationships Programme adapted & shortened version of TLC’s DAPP (behaviour change programme), for CYP age 10+ violent towards intimate partners / peers.
Grant agreements for all 4 funding streams are attached to this decision notice.


Lead officer: Lisa Lees


08/12/2022 - PCC DN - Allocation of HMPPS Additional Funding Allocation 2021/22 ref: 1642    Recommendations Approved

HMPPS approached GMCA in February 2022 having identified an internal Reducing Reoffending budget underspend. The addendum attached to the original Decision notice ( was agreed and signed on the 24th March 2022 which sets out the terms and conditions of this funding.

The Addendum sets out two funding areas to deliver in-year (2021/22) capital and outcomes targets. The first funding area is to assist reduce women’ re-offending and £1,000,000 was allocated against this target. The second area of spend is specifically limited to GMIRS providers of £400,000 for capital investment to strengthen the offer of these providers for people on probation.

Key stakeholders have agreed the funding allocations, including GMCA and the relevant HMPPS departments. These proposals are in line with Greater Manchester’s ambition to increase the alignment of services to avoid fragmented delivery and to improve support for people on probation by recognising and supporting voluntary and community assets that already exist within Greater Manchester.

HMPPS have identified an underspend and have approached regions to identify resource and capital spend and GM is one of the three identified areas to receive funding.

The allocation is in-year funding for 2021-22. However, in the case of small and medium sized enterprises (SME) providers we have secured agreement that capital investments can be purchased after this date and then reconciled to this financial year through the MOU and addendum with specific terms and conditions. GMCA finance representative have been involved in all stages.

The funding conditions set out in the addendum cover two areas; Reducing Women’s Reoffending and GMIRS Providers Capital Investment.
Reducing reoffending allows for:-
• On-site support
• Emotional regulation that includes but is not limited to, Dependency and recovery, health improvement offers for women and the broader reducing reoffending landscape including restorative justice, analytics, drugs early warning system.
• Off-site support

An asset register will be maintained to ensure all spend is against agreed decisions and a final reconciliation can be undertaken once the provider has purchased the items.


A senior governance board for GMIRS oversees and scrutinises the overall programme of work, including this spending plan

Decision Maker: Treasurer GMCA

Decision published: 13/01/2023

Effective from: 08/12/2022

Decision:

It has been agreed to support specific projects with capital spend relating to the original decision notice, those extra projects will be;

Back on Track - Refurbishment of Wellbeing room: £9,850
The Women’s Alliance - Cyber Essentials: £11,760
The Women’s Alliance - Vetting: £2,000

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


08/12/2022 - PCC DN - GMP and GMCA Drug Framework and Delivery Plan ref: 1641    Recommendations Approved

It presents an excellent opportunity to develop public health and harm reduction approaches with GMP for a relatively small investment.

GMP do not currently have a bespoke Drugs Policy or Strategy and this cross cutting thematic is widely acknowledged as a demand driver in crime and health provision.

Jason Kew is a subject matter expert and former Detective Chief Inspector with Thames Valley Police and Violence Reduction Unit.

He led the development of Thames Valley’s cross sector Drug Related Harm Reduction Forum, fusing together partnerships, communities, and service providers to enable the joint commissioning of diversion schemes, peer recovery worker Naloxone training for drug users and police officers, and the installation of needle exchange points in custody suites.

He was the Home Office appointed Southeast Heroin and Crack Action Area Coordinator and undertook a yearlong review into drug use, supply, and harm reduction across the Southeast. He is a member of The Faculty for Public Health, has a fellowship with the University of South Wales Substance Use Research Group, and serves on the Boards of the ISSUP (International Society for Substance Use Professionals) and GLEPHA (Global Law Enforcement and Public Health).

Decision Maker: Director for Police, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire

Decision published: 13/01/2023

Effective from: 08/12/2022

Decision:

The decision is that:
GMCA and GMP will jointly fund consultancy work led by Jason Kew to develop a GMP and GMCA Drug Framework and Delivery Plan.

The cost of 10 days of Jason Kew’s services will be £4,750 inclusive of all expenses and taxes.

An Asset Recovery Incentivisation Scheme (ARIS) bid has been approved by GMP for £2,375 (half the total costs). Matched funding of £2,375 will be provided by GMCA.

It is proposed that that over a period of two months he will:

• Work alongside Mark Knight the Strategic Lead for Substance Misuse at GMCA, who is fully sighted and supportive of this proposal and bid;
• Conduct research into existing drug strategies, and align recommendations with national and regional GMP and GMCA strategic objectives;
• Consult with the National Police Chief Council Drugs Lead (Mark Lay, who has agreed to work with Jason) as well as regional drugs leads and experts from ISSUP (International Society for Substance Use Professionals) and other academic and medical expert forums, to identify solutions and innovative approaches not already considered by existing drug strategies; and
• Engage at every opportunity with people with lived experience and draw upon the knowledge and experience of those people to shape the delivery of the final framework, attending either in person or remotely (where permitted), strategic, stakeholder, and community meetings.


Lead officer: Lisa Lees


08/12/2022 - PCC DN - Change Management Support for the Adolescent Safeguarding Framework ref: 1640    Recommendations Approved

Three local authorities will be taking forward an accelerated change management programme to implement the new Adolescent Safeguarding Framework with direct support from the VRU. Local authority Directors of Children’s Services (DCSs) have asked for the procurement of an expert change management consultant to support implementation of Phase 1. Zoe Appleton Consulting (ZAC) has been identified as an appropriate expert change consultant at at a cost of £60k for six months starting December 2022.

Decision Maker: Treasurer GMCA

Decision published: 13/01/2023

Effective from: 08/12/2022

Decision:

To approve the Zoe Appleton Consulting (ZAC) to deliver Change Management support to three GM local Authorities (to be selected by the VRU in December 2022), to implement the Adolescent Safeguarding Framework as agreed at November 2022 GM Children’s Board.


To be delivered December 2022 to May 2023
Value £60,000

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


08/12/2022 - PCC - Amendment to Decision - Commissioning of Phase 3 Social Switch Project – Safer Digital Access for young people ref: 1639    Recommendations Approved

There is currently a great deal of media publicity and topical debate related to school-based harassment, bullying and the pressures faced by the native digital generation impacting on mental health and resilience. Schools are well placed to support young people to use technology safely but given the 24/7 nature of digital communications cannot do so efficiently in isolation. There is a call for GM school to access staff for training and programme for their young person in tandem with effective parental engagement and a whole community approach to online protocols.

The GM VRU invited expressions of interest and requested quotes via the network of extended partners connected to the four VRU delivery strands between May – July 2022.

Decision Maker: Treasurer GMCA

Decision published: 13/01/2023

Effective from: 08/12/2022

Decision:

Further to the previously published Decision Notice. This notice is an amendment of an original notice published in September 2022 takes into account the additional charges in respect of administrative work, not factored in the original notice which was to the value of £34,999.

The GM VRU are seeking to award Zoe Appleton Consultancy £44,999 to deliver phase 3 of the Social Switch Project for safer digital access for Young People across Greater Manchester over the academic year 2022/23 between September 2022 and July 2023.

The project specification has been distributed between VRU partners via the delivery strand networks and extended to partners across GM.
Having received one return in the form of a fully costed proposal, Zoe Appleton Consulting are deemed able to deliver against the specification criteria.

Zoe Appleton Consultancy was previously awarded £46,800 to deliver phase 1 and 2 of the Social Switch programme out of the 2020/21 and 2021/22 Serious Violence funding following a successful quote submission. The funding amount awarded to Zoe Appleton since the 2021/22 funding cycle totals to £91,799

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


05/12/2022 - PCC DN - APACE Membership 2022/23 ref: 1638    Recommendations Approved

APACE membership brings together collective skills, knowledge and experience of Chief Executives from around the country to develop advice and guidance on a wide range of issues

Decision Maker: Director for Police, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire

Decision published: 13/01/2023

Effective from: 05/12/2022

Decision:

To subscribe to the APACE membership subscription for 2022/23 value £1,000

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


05/12/2022 - PCC DN - Violence reduction radio content for young people ref: 1637    Recommendations Approved

The VRU communications strategy has three key objectives:
1. Raise awareness of how Greater Manchester Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) is working together with partners and the community to address serious violence and its underlying causes.
2. Promote an alternative to violence by showcasing opportunities for people affected by violence and build aspirations for young people through campaigns and communications activity.
3. Demonstrate the impact of the VRU in reducing serious violence, especially violence amongst young people.

To deliver against these objectives, the VRU has a content plan for the year.
This includes using our existing channels (VRU website, social media accounts, earned media) to reach young people and parents with key messages;
- Positive alternatives to violence
- Opportunities
- Voice of lived experience - other young people, members of the community
- Violence reduction campaigns

We are continually trying to grow the number of young people we reach with our messages and are keen to use radio as a new way of reaching people by tapping into existing and regular audiences.

Decision Maker: Director for Police, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire

Decision published: 13/01/2023

Effective from: 05/12/2022

Decision:

The VRU is seeking a supplier to produce and air radio content specifically aimed at young people in Greater Manchester. We are looking to use radio as an additional way of reaching more young people and young people that can be hard to reach through our existing platforms – VRU website and social channels.

Content to be determined by young people but to include key topics, guest interviews etc.

The budget for this commission has been set at a maximum of £30,000.

Lead officer: Lisa Lees