Decisions

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Decisions published

12/07/2024 - GM Investment Framework Approvals ref: 2732    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Made at meeting: 12/07/2024 - Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Decision published: 17/07/2024

Effective from: 12/07/2024


12/07/2024 - Stockport Town Centre West Mayoral Development Corporation's - Action Plan ref: 2731    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Made at meeting: 12/07/2024 - Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Decision published: 17/07/2024

Effective from: 12/07/2024


12/07/2024 - Independent Remuneration Panel Review of GM Mayoral Remuneration ref: 2729    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Made at meeting: 12/07/2024 - Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Decision published: 17/07/2024

Effective from: 12/07/2024

Decision:

1.      That the recommendations of the IRP be noted:

a)    That the remuneration of the GM Mayor remains at £118,267, subject to any indexation going forward.

b)    That the remuneration of the GM Mayor continues to be indexed at the NJC annual percentage salary increase, specifically with reference to Spinal Column Point 43.

c)    That the index continues to be applied to the same year that it applies to officers. This is normally from 1st April to 31st March. Where the index is applicable to officers for more than 1 year it should also be applicable to the GM Mayor for the same period.

d)    That the recommendations contained in the report be implemented with effect from the date of the GM Mayor taking up the new term of office in May 2024.

 

2.      That the IRP’s views be noted that the GM Mayor should have access to an appropriate pension scheme that provides for an employer’s contribution equivalent to that made to the pension scheme for Police and Crimes Commissioners (it should be noted that the panel sets out the legal position at paragraphs 37 to 40 of its report and notes that currently there are no legal powers to do so.)

 

3.      That it be agreed that lobbying would take place on behalf of the Mayor to ensure that Metro Mayors were given fair access to appropriate pensions schemes.


12/07/2024 - GM Investment Framework, Conditional Project Approval ref: 2728    For Determination

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Made at meeting: 12/07/2024 - Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Decision published: 17/07/2024

Effective from: 20/07/2024

Decision:

1.      That the changes to the terms of the RealityMine loan, in line with the update provided in the confidential part of the agenda, be approved.

 

2.      That a £2m increase in the loan facility to Romaco Limited, from £3m to £5m be noted.

 

3.      That the consolidation of two existing loans into a single facility with Broughton House, totalling £4.1m be noted.

 

4.      That authority be delegated to the GMCA Treasurer and GMCA Solicitor and Monitoring Officer to review the due diligence information in respect of the above loans, and, subject to their satisfactory review and agreement of the due diligence information and the overall detailed commercial terms of the loans, to sign off any outstanding conditions, issue final approvals and complete any necessary related documentation in respect of the loans noted above.

 

5.      That authority be delegated to the Chief Executive Officer, GMCA & TfGM and the GMCA Treasurer, in consultation with the Portfolio Lead for investment and Resources, to approve projects for funding and agree urgent variations to the terms of funding in the period 13 July 2024 to 26 September 2024.

 

6.      That it be noted that any recommendations approved under the delegations will be reported to the next available meeting of the GMCA.


12/07/2024 - GM Housing Investment Loans Fund and Brownfield Housing Fund ref: 2727    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Made at meeting: 12/07/2024 - Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Decision published: 17/07/2024

Effective from: 12/07/2024

Decision:

1.      That authority be delegated to the GMCA Chief Executive, in consultation with the Portfolio Lead for Housing, to approve new funding and urgent variations to existing funding from the GM Housing Investment Loans Fund and Brownfield Housing Fund, 13 July 2024 to 26 September 2024.

 

2.      That authority be delegated to the GCMA Treasurer, in consultation with the GMCA Solicitor and Monitoring Officer, to prepare and effect the necessary legal agreements.

 

3.      That it be noted that any recommendations approved under the delegation will be reported to the next available meeting of the GMCA.


12/07/2024 - TfGM Executive Board Appointments ref: 2714    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Made at meeting: 12/07/2024 - Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Decision published: 17/07/2024

Effective from: 12/07/2024

Decision:

1.       That the appointment of the GM Transport Commissioner and the GM Active Travel Commissioner to the TfGM Executive Board be approved.

 

2.       That the appointment of a GM Local Authority Chief Executive to the TfGM Executive Board, as recommended by the Group Chief Executive, be approved.

 

3.       That the GMCA Treasurer be confirmed as an advisor to the TfGM Executive Board to ensure that membership of the Executive Board does not exceed the limit imposed by legislation.

 

4.       That the proposal to undertake a further review of TfGM’s governance and the role of its Executive Board before the end of 2024 be noted.


12/07/2024 - Bee Network Fares and Ticketing ref: 2713    For Determination

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Made at meeting: 12/07/2024 - Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Decision published: 17/07/2024

Effective from: 20/07/2024

Decision:

1.   That the proposal to reduce Bee Network bus fares, with effect from 5th January 2025, be approved as follows:

 

a)    reduce the price of 7-day Bus Travel on Bee Network Services from £21 Adult/£10.50 Child to £20 Adult/£10 Child

b)    reduce the price of 28-day Bus Travel on Bee Network Services from £85.40 Adult/£42.70 Child to £80 Adult/£40 Child

 

2.   That the introduction of a paper ‘Hopper’ single ticket for Bee Network bus users from 5th January 2025 be approved.

 

3.   That the proposal to introduce a scheme, with local Credit Unions, from January 2025 to improve access to annual bus tickets be approved, in principle.

 

4.   That the extension of the ‘recompense scheme’ to support the transition from commercial ticketing products to Bee Network products in the Tranche 3 area be noted.

 

5.   That a further report on Bee Network fares and ticketing products be submitted to GMCA in September 2024.


12/07/2024 - Draft Rapid Transit Strategy ref: 2712    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Made at meeting: 12/07/2024 - Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Decision published: 17/07/2024

Effective from: 12/07/2024

Decision:

1.    That the draft Greater Manchester Rapid Transit Strategy be approved, subject to any feedback from the Bee Network Committee, for wider engagement.

 

2.    That officers would be requested to amend the report ahead of submission to the Bee Network Committee to reference commitment to a full assessment of the case for expanding Metrolink to Leigh.

 

3.    That the proposed extension of the Bee Network to include 8 rail lines during this Mayoral term be noted.


12/07/2024 - Delivering the Bee Network Update ref: 2711    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Made at meeting: 12/07/2024 - Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Decision published: 17/07/2024

Effective from: 12/07/2024

Decision:

1.      That the update on delivery of the Bee Network be noted.

 

2.      That it be noted that the fully integrated ticketing system, PayGo, is  expected to go ‘live’ in March 2025.


12/07/2024 - Revenue Outturn Report - Quarter 4 ref: 2725    For Determination

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Made at meeting: 12/07/2024 - Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Decision published: 17/07/2024

Effective from: 20/07/2024

Decision:

1.      That it be noted that the Mayoral General Budget provisional revenue outturn position for 2023/24 was breakeven, after planned transfer to earmarked reserves.

 

2.      That it be noted that the GMCA General Budget provisional revenue outturn position for 2023/24 is £2.1m, which will be transferred to earmarked reserves.

 

3.      That it be noted that the Mayoral General – GM Fire & Rescue provisional outturn position for 2023/24 was breakeven, after a transfer of revenue funding to capital.

 

4.      That it be noted that the Waste and Resourcing provisional revenue outturn position for 2023/24 was breakeven, after a transfer from reserve of £18.7m.

 

5.      That it be noted that the GMCA Transport and TfGM provisional revenue outturn positions for 2023/24 were breakeven, after transfers between earmarked reserves.

 

6.      That it be noted that the final position was subject to the submission of the audited accounts to be submitted to the GMCA Audit Committee.


12/07/2024 - Capital Outturn Report - Quarter 4 ref: 2726    For Determination

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Made at meeting: 12/07/2024 - Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Decision published: 17/07/2024

Effective from: 20/07/2024

Decision:

1.      That it be noted that the 2023/24 actual outturn capital expenditure of £541.1m, compared to the forecast position presented to GMCA on 9 February 2024 of £579.1m.

 

2.      That the update on property acquisitions for Project Skyline, as detailed in section 8 of the report, be noted.

 

3.      That the additions to the capital programme in 2024/25, as listed in section 8 of the report, be approved.


12/07/2024 - UKSPF Proposal for the Management of Potential Underspend 2024/5 ref: 2724    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Made at meeting: 12/07/2024 - Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Decision published: 17/07/2024

Effective from: 12/07/2024

Decision:

1.      That the proposal for the mitigation of underspend risk be approved.

 

2.      That it be agreed that the proposal was a strategic fit with the GM UKSPF Investment Plan and that it was deliverable, as set out in the report.

 

3.      That the mitigation measures, as set out in the report, be approved.

 

4.      That authority be delegated to the GMCA Treasurer in consultation with the Portfolio Lead for Resources and Investment to agree any alternative projects where underspend is identified.


12/07/2024 - Ashton Mayoral Development Zone - Business Plan ref: 2723    For Determination

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Made at meeting: 12/07/2024 - Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Decision published: 17/07/2024

Effective from: 20/07/2024

Decision:


12/07/2024 - Mayoral Development Corporation for Northern Gateway - In Principle Decision ref: 2722    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Made at meeting: 12/07/2024 - Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Decision published: 17/07/2024

Effective from: 12/07/2024

Decision:

1.          That the creation of an MDC for the Northern Gateway project be approved, in principle.

 

2.          That it be agreed that GMCA officers explore with Bury, Oldham, and Rochdale Councils, detailed options for an MDC to be created for the Northern Gateway, with these matters to be decided upon by GMCA and the Local Authorities in due course.


12/07/2024 - Stockport Town Centre West Mayoral Development Corporation's Strategic Business Plan ref: 2721    For Determination

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Made at meeting: 12/07/2024 - Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Decision published: 17/07/2024

Effective from: 20/07/2024

Decision:

1.  That the Stockport Town Centre West Mayoral Development Corporation’s Strategic Business Plan May 2024 – March 2029 (Annex A) be approved.

 

2.  That the Stockport Town Centre West Mayoral Development Corporation’s Action Plan May 2024 – March 2025 (Part B) be approved.


12/07/2024 - GM Armed Forces Covenant Roadmap ref: 2719    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Made at meeting: 12/07/2024 - Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Decision published: 17/07/2024

Effective from: 12/07/2024

Decision:

1.      That the progress made to deliver against the Armed Forces Covenant coherently across GM be noted.

 

2.      That the 5-year Roadmap, as a framework to enhance cohesive delivery across the City Region, be endorsed.

 

3.      That the enduring and sustained effort to go even further and make GM the best place in the UK for members of the Armed Forces Community to live be recognised and the re-signing of the GM Armed Forces Covenant be approved.


12/07/2024 - Greater Manchester Culture Strategy ref: 2718    For Determination

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Made at meeting: 12/07/2024 - Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Decision published: 17/07/2024

Effective from: 12/07/2024

Decision:

1.      That the CreateGM, the Greater Manchester Strategy for Culture, Heritage, and Creativity be approved.

 

2.      That the GMCA record its thanks to all those who had worked tirelessly to secure the reopening of Oldham Coliseum.


12/07/2024 - Low Carbon Skills Fund Opportunity ref: 2717    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Made at meeting: 12/07/2024 - Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Decision published: 17/07/2024

Effective from: 12/07/2024

Decision:

That it be noted that the Low Carbon Skills Fund (LCSF) bid was unsuccessful, but work was already underway on an alternative approach to support some of the work that would no longer be funded by LCSF.


12/07/2024 - GMCA Sustainability Strategy: Annual Report ref: 2716    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Made at meeting: 12/07/2024 - Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Decision published: 17/07/2024

Effective from: 12/07/2024

Decision:

  1. That the progress made against the priority areas of the GMCA Sustainability Strategy 2022 – 2026 be noted.

 

  1. That the contents of the report including actions proposed for 2024/2025 be noted.

 

3.    That the implications of the Biodiversity Duty on GMCA and the proposed response be noted.


12/07/2024 - Cost of Living and Economic Resilience ref: 2715    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Made at meeting: 12/07/2024 - Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Decision published: 17/07/2024

Effective from: 12/07/2024

Decision:

That the latest assessment and emerging response, and views given on the next steps in that response be noted.


12/07/2024 - Investment Zone Update ref: 2720    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Made at meeting: 12/07/2024 - Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Decision published: 17/07/2024

Effective from: 12/07/2024

Decision:

That the update on ministerial approval, confirmation of the project allocations in 2024-25 and the overall indicative allocations across the programme as a whole be noted.


12/07/2024 - GM Moving MoU Refresh ref: 2709    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Made at meeting: 12/07/2024 - Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Decision published: 17/07/2024

Effective from: 12/07/2024

Decision:

  1. That the refreshed MoU with Sport England and wider GM Moving Partnership Board Members be approved.

 

  1. That the contents of the report on Place and Health Integration be noted.

 

  1. That the recommendations, next steps and support, strategic and collective/distributed leadership on these areas be noted:

 

  • Local Authority leadership and teams be supported to fully engage with this work as we move forward.
  • Place Deepening:  progress, timescales and methodology  be noted, including the work of the Place Partnership Network (including locality leads) contribution to develop local plans for peer review and final submission to Sport England in August 2024.

 

  1. That the establishment of Live Well be noted.

 

  1. That it be noted that September 2024 would mark three years since the launch of the GM Moving in Action Strategy 2021-31. This, along with the signing of the MOU would be officially marked with a presentation to the  GM ICP Board on 27 September, with the Chief Executive Office of Sport England and members of GM Moving Partnership Board in attendance.

 

  1. That the GMCA record its thanks to GM Moving for their contributions towards the refresh.

12/07/2024 - GMCA Overview & Scrutiny Task and Finish Review: Affordable Homes ref: 2708    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Made at meeting: 12/07/2024 - Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Decision published: 17/07/2024

Effective from: 12/07/2024

Decision:

  1. That the full list of recommendations within the report be endorsed.

 

  1. That opportunities be sought where the GMCA can support the delivery of the recommendations, specifically:
  • to influence the development of the next Affordable Homes Programme through strengthened partnership arrangements within the latest devolution deal to ensure it is flexible enough to meet the needs of our residents (Recommendation 1).
  • to continue to support Local Authorities to seek out potential schemes through innovative approaches and bold actions (Recommendation 1).
  • to support Local Authorities and Housing Providers to ensure tenants have full access to welfare and other hardship funds through every interaction (Recommendation 2).
  • to co-design the next GM Housing Strategy with other key stakeholders that builds on what is already being done, but also confidently pushes the boundaries as to what can potentially be done, setting the standard as zero carbon (Recommendation 3).
  • to ensure that advice on cost-of-living support (e.g. food and fuel bill support) provided through registered providers is also available via private landlords (Recommendation 7).
  • to ensure that being an accredited member of the Good Landlord Charter is universally recognised, with its unique benefits clearly identified (Recommendation 8).
  • As a first step, GMCA to organise an event to discuss the findings of this review and actions which can be taken to remove barriers for the delivery of viable schemes (Recommendation 10).

 

  1. That it be noted that the report will now be shared with GM Local Authority Councillors, Cabinet Members for Housing, and Scrutiny Committees, for their information and appropriate action.

 

  1. That the GMCA record its thanks to the Task and Finish Group for their contributions to a timely report on the housing issues impacting the region and the wider country.

 

5.      That the information provided on the establishment of the GM Housing First Unit and the plans for how it would contribute towards addressing the housing crisis in the region be received.


12/07/2024 - GMCA Annual Constitution Review ref: 2707    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Made at meeting: 12/07/2024 - Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Decision published: 17/07/2024

Effective from: 12/07/2024

Decision:

That the revised constitution accompanying the report be adopted as the Constitution of the GMCA.


12/07/2024 - The GM Good Landlord Charter ref: 2710    For Determination

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Made at meeting: 12/07/2024 - Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Decision published: 17/07/2024

Effective from: 20/07/2024

Decision:

1.  That the design of the Good Landlord Charter and the associated activity to implement the Charter, including the proposal not to charge a fee to landlords for participation in the Charter be approved.

 

2.  That the utilisation of £250,000 from retained business rates in 2024/25 to procure an independent implementation unit for the charter, with future years’ funding to come through the budget setting process, be approved.

 

3.  That the Government be lobbied on the repeal of Section 21 and introduction of the Renters Reform Bill be pursued.

 

4.  That the investment into a Good Landlord Charter pilot scheme in Salford be noted.


12/07/2024 - Greater Manchester Appointments ref: 2706    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Made at meeting: 12/07/2024 - Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Decision published: 17/07/2024

Effective from: 12/07/2024

Decision:

1.   That Cllr Frankie Singleton (Stockport), be appointed as the member and Cllr Jilly Julian (Stockport), be appointed as the substitute member to the GM Culture and Social Impact Fund Committee.

 

2.   That Cllr Mark Roberts (Stockport) be appointed to the Green City Region Board.

 

3.   That Cllr Colin MacAlister (Stockport) be appointed as the member, and Cllr Frankie Singleton (Stockport) be appointed as the substitute member, to the GM Homelessness Board.

 

4.   That the following members be appointed to the GM Children’s Board:

 

Cllr Wendy Meikle (Stockport)

Cllr Lucy Smith (Bury)

Cllr Julie Reid (Manchester)

 

5.   That Cllr Mark Roberts (Stockport) be appointed as the member, and Cllr Grace Baynham (Stockport) be appointed as the substitute member, to the GM Clean Air Charging Authorities Committee.

 

6.   That Cllr Mark Roberts (Stockport) be appointed as the member, and Cllr Grace Baynham (Stockport) be appointed as the substitute member, to the GM Air Quality Administration Committee.

 

7.   That Cllr Lisa Smart (Stockport) be appointed as the member, and Cllr Jeremy Meal (Stockport) be appointed as the substitute member, to the GM Clean Air Scrutiny Committee.

 

8.   That Cllr Mark Hunter (Stockport) be appointed as the member, and Cllr Mark Roberts (Stockport) be appointed as the substitute member, to the Integrated Care Partnership Board.



12/07/2024 - Minutes of the GMCA meeting held on 14 June 2024 ref: 2705    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Made at meeting: 12/07/2024 - Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Decision published: 17/07/2024

Effective from: 12/07/2024

Decision:

That the minutes of the GMCA meeting held on 14 June 2024 be approved as a true and correct record.

 


12/07/2024 - Declarations of Interest ref: 2704    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Made at meeting: 12/07/2024 - Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Decision published: 17/07/2024

Effective from: 12/07/2024

Decision:

1.    That the Mayor of Greater Manchester has a financial interest in Item 28 (Independent Remuneration Panel Review of GM Mayoral Remuneration) and will leave the meeting for that item.

2.    That the Deputy Mayor, Police, Crime and Fire declare an interest in Item 19 – GM Investment Zone, as a Governor of Manchester Metropolitan University.


12/07/2024 - Chairs Announcements and Urgent Business ref: 2703    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Made at meeting: 12/07/2024 - Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Decision published: 17/07/2024

Effective from: 12/07/2024

Decision:

1.  That Caroline Simpson be welcomed to her first meeting as the Group Chief Executive for GMCA, TfGM & GMFRS.

 

2.  That the GMCA expresses its best wishes to Joanne Roney in her last meeting as the Chief Executive of Manchester City Council.

 

3.  That the GMCA expresses it congratulations to Alison McKenzie-Folan following her award of an OBE for services to local government.

 

4.  That Michael Cullen be welcomed to his first meeting as the Chief Executive of Stockport Borough Council.

 

5.  That the GMCA expresses its condolences to the family, friends and former colleagues of Sir Howard Bernstein following his sad passing.

 

6.  That the GMCA expresses its condolences to the family, friends and former colleagues of Paul Argyle, who had served as a Deputy Chief Fire Officer for GMFRS.

 

7.  That the Mayor’s update on the gathering of Metro Mayors at Downing Street following the recent national election result be received.

 

8.  That the update from the Deputy Mayor for, Police, Crime & Fire on the plans for Part 4 of the CSE Assurance Review being commissioned through HMICFRS be received.

 

9.  That it be noted that Oldham MBC welcomed the commissioning of Part 4 of the CSE Assurance Review.

 


12/07/2024 - Apologies ref: 2702    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Made at meeting: 12/07/2024 - Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Decision published: 17/07/2024

Effective from: 12/07/2024

Decision:

That apologies be received from Councillor Nicholas Peel (Bolton), City Mayor Paul Dennett (Salford), Councillor Tom Ross (Trafford), Sue Johnson (Bolton) & Sara Todd (Trafford).


09/07/2024 - Net Zero Accelerator Financial Advisory Support Phase II Procurement ref: 2766    Recommendations Approved

To proceed with conducting the required financial advisory to support the Net Zero Accelerator Programme.

Decision Maker: Treasurer GMCA

Decision published: 09/07/2024

Effective from: 09/07/2024

Decision:

To proceed with the award of procurement Finance Advisory Support (Phase 2) in relation to the Net Zero Accelerator Programme.
The procurement was approved by senior officers including the Director of Place, Director of Strategic Finance & Investment, and Director of Environment and conducted via a mini competition under the Crown Commercial Services Framework Agreement.

Lead officer: Nicola Ward


09/07/2024 - Skill Bootcamps Wave 4 contract extensions ref: 2765    Recommendations Approved

To enable us to continue to deliver the Skills Bootcamps successful provision in wave 5 and to honour the 1+1 clause in the wave 4 contracts.

Decision Maker: Treasurer GMCA

Decision published: 09/07/2024

Effective from: 17/07/2024

Decision:

To extend the contracts of the current wave 4 activity (valued at £3,958.95) as per the 1+1 contracts issued at the start of wave 4.

Lead officer: Nicola Ward


08/07/2024 - PCC DN - 2024/25 Local Safeguarding Childrens Board & Local Safeguarding Adults Boards ref: 2764    Recommendations Approved

The Deputy Mayor has committed to provide an agreed amount of financial support to both Adult and Children’s Safeguarding boards 2024/25. The allocation above to be allocated to each local authority area and divided on a 50/50 basis to the Children’s and also the Adult’s Safeguarding Boards.


Decision Maker: Treasurer GMCA

Decision published: 08/07/2024

Effective from: 08/07/2024

Decision:

The decision is that:

The ten Local Safeguarding Boards for Children and the ten local Safeguarding Boards for Adults will receive a payment as set out in the schedule below. Total value £342,724.

The work of the Safeguarding Boards will support GMP through the Strategic Vulnerability Board and at a local level in the areas of:

• Support the delivery of the GMP Child Centred Policing Strategy
• Shared Data Insights - MFH data for children and young people /care homes. We currently don’t have the specific details for children and young people's homes between 16 and 18 and would value more data from partners.
• Shared Training through safeguarding boards with local practitioners. This will upskill police officers and neighbourhood teams at a place level.
• SCR reviews - learning and continual improvement.

In view of this the Deputy Mayor has agreed to make a 12-month payment to Safeguarding Boards for the period April 2024 – March 2025.

Payments should be made as outlined below. Each sum to be allocated on a 50/50 basis to the Children’s and Adult’s Safeguarding Board in that Local authority area:

Local Authority Joint Children's and Adults Safeguarding Board
payment April 2024 – March 2025
Bolton 38,526
Bury 26,396
Manchester 70,981
Oldham 28,734
Rochdale 27,064
Salford 30,071
Stockport 30,739
Tameside 29,403
Trafford 28,734
Wigan 32,076
TOTAL 342,724

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


04/07/2024 - PCC DN - Challenger Budget – GMFRS ‘Takeover’ Project – Transfer of funds to GMFRS ref: 2763    Recommendations Approved

Programme Challenger are currently developing phase 2 of the project which will be delivered during the upcoming six weeks holidays in collaboration with Complex Safeguarding Teams and wider GM partners. By transferring the funding to a pot within GMFRS, supporting staff will be able to ensure that the necessary payments are progressed which may include delivery providers, qualification costs, catering, and travel costs for the young people involved.


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

Decision published: 08/07/2024

Effective from: 04/07/2024

Decision:

Programme Challenger would like to transfer £16,944.12 to the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) for development of the GMFRS ‘Takeover’ project following a successful pilot during the recent County Lines Intensification Period (March 2024) whereby Programme Challenger collaborated with professionals from a number of partner agencies (including GMFRS, GMVRU, Catch 22, Early Break, Power 2, and Bury CST and Bury Youth Services) to co-develop and deliver an immersive learning experience utilising GMFRS’s fantastic Bury Fire Training centre to deliver fire safety messages, alongwith broader safety messages in an interactive way.

Phase 2 will include inviting more young people to take part in the project which will be delivered during the upcoming summer holidays in collaboration with GM Complex Safeguarding teams and wider GM partners. The project will be evaluated and reported on in September 2024.

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


04/07/2024 - PCC DN - VRU - Travel for GM Young People to Coventry Hope Hack ref: 2762    Recommendations Approved

The Hope Collective is a powerful partnership of cross-sector organisations with aligned values and a shared vision; to work together in a spirit of unity to create real change for young people and communities across the UK.
Formed originally to support the 20th anniversary legacy campaign for Damilola Taylor, the Hope Collective is driven by a shared purpose - to establish real change that enables UK's most vulnerable communities to be free from poverty, violence and discrimination. Through activity led by the Hope Collective, young people can discuss their thoughts and solutions on issues that affect them, their lives and their communities. The goal of the Hope Collective is to 'change the narrative' for young people and focus on solutions, not symptoms, and most importantly to focus on their hopes for the future.

This particular event is entitled “Reminagining Policing” and is being hosted by West Midlands Violence Reduction Partnership in collaboration with Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland VRU. The focus of the event is specifically to capture young people’s hopes and ambitions for the future of policing in the UK, which will be fed into a report presented to the next government following the election.

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

Decision published: 08/07/2024

Effective from: 04/07/2024

Decision:

The Greater Manchester Violence Reduction Unit will make the following payments covering travel for 3 young people and one Manchester PRU Youth Justice Officer to accompany one of the young people to a Hope Hack event in Coventry. All travel is between Manchester Piccadilly and Coventry on 8th July 2024- standard return fare for all.

Click Travel
Two payments to be made of:

• £243.20 at £121.60 each for a young person who has lived experience of serious violence and a friend to accompany
• £209.60 at £104.80 each for a young person from Manchester PRU and their Youth Justice Officer (from Manchester City Council’s Alternative Provision Specialist Taskforce)

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


04/07/2024 - PCC DN - VRU Venue Booking and Catering – GM Hosted Hope Hack Event ref: 2761    Recommendations Approved

The reasons for the decision are:

The Hope Collective is a powerful partnership of cross-sector organisations with aligned values and a shared vision; to work together in a spirit of unity to create real change for young people and communities across the UK.
Formed originally to support the 20th anniversary legacy campaign for Damilola Taylor, the Hope Collective is driven by a shared purpose - to establish real change that enables UK's most vulnerable communities to be free from poverty, violence and discrimination. Through activity led by the Hope Collective, young people can discuss their thoughts and solutions on issues that affect them, their lives and their communities. The goal of the Hope Collective is to 'change the narrative' for young people and focus on solutions, not symptoms, and most importantly to focus on their hopes for the future.

The Greater Manchester VRU has organised its second Hope Hack event in collaboration with Programme Challenger, to provide a platform for young people across the ten districts, to explore their thoughts on how to make the city region a safer and fairer place for all.

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

Decision published: 08/07/2024

Effective from: 04/07/2024

Decision:

The Greater Manchester Violence Reduction Unit are seeking to make the following payments for a VRU hosted GM-wide Hope Hack event:

Lancashire County Cricket Club (Emirates Old Trafford):
A payment to be made of £953.00 to book event space at Lancashire County Cricket Club (Emirates Old Trafford) covering event space for between 35 and 150 attendees well as refreshments (Teas, Coffees, and Water) as well as standard lunch buffet provision covering all participants. The remaining balance of £3,722.00 has been match funded by GMP (paid directly to the venue).

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


28/06/2024 - PCC DN - GMP Funding for Night Vision Goggles ref: 2760    Recommendations Approved

GMP has seen high risk drivers evading camera detection and drivers having vehicle licence plates doctored so that camera systems will not be able to read the plate.

Evasion from cameras occurs when a film/coating is applied to a number plate. Enforcement cameras – both handheld and static cameras – work by using infra-red light to read a plate.

Where a coating is applied to characters on the plate this causes the cameras to fail to read the correct registration for the vehicle.

The driver can avoid detection and continue dangerous driving behaviours thanks to their “ghost plate.” These devices will be deployed across several teams each with a particular focus.

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

Decision published: 08/07/2024

Effective from: 28/06/2024

Decision:

Funding of £8099.28 is approved to be spent by GMP to purchase 60 sets of infra-red night vision goggles to support enforcement.

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


28/06/2024 - PCC DN - Copy-writing of web content for GM Victims Service website ref: 2759    Recommendations Approved

The redesigned GM Victims Services website will offer a hub of fundamental information such as crime type and likely victim impact descriptors as well as contact details, signposting, and guidance on referral pathways to victims of crime in Greater Manchester. The website is referred to by partner organisations and links into victims’ services such as those provided for sexual violence and domestic abuse.

As part of the digital transformation of victim services, we have reviewed the content on the GM Victims Website and developed new pages to update the relevant information for victims of crime.

As this exercise has been undertaken by a collection of individuals, it is felt that the content needs to go through a process of independent review and amendment to develop a sense of overall coherent narrative style.

This copy-write review stage will also ensure that writing styles are appropriate, language is clear, concise, avoids jargon, abbreviations, and unnecessary terminology.

We have scoped whether this copy-write exercise could be undertaken internally by our communications team, however there is insufficient capacity to deliver this, and therefore it has been recommended to commission this exercise.

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

Decision published: 08/07/2024

Effective from: 28/06/2024

Decision:

A funding envelope of £3000 be made available to undertake a copy-write exercise of the content for the new GM Victims Website. The content of the website has had a full re-write with subject-matter-experts for the various crime types creating the page content. It has been recommended by our internal communications team that an independent experienced copywriter is required to review and revise overall content to make the narrative coherent and cohesive and easy to understand across the site.

Initial quotation from Unique Creative Communications, Private Limited Company (used previously by internal communications team)

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


21/06/2024 - PCC DN - Grant Funding to Mother On A Mission to fund Youth Provision in Fallowfield ref: 2758    Recommendations Approved

Kelly Brown, the owner of Mother On A Mission, has been campaigning against violence since the death of her son Rhamero West in September 2021. Whilst Kelly has spent much of her energy raising funds for ‘bleed box’ kits, she now wishes to use her experiences to engage local young people in a preventative context. Kelly has reached out to the VRU for both financial and administrative support to enable her to establish a sustainable support offer in Fallowfield.

Proposed Interventions include:

• Twice weekly youth club including premises hire and hot food.
• Local educational trips for young people (Museums / libraries)
• Local outreach work
• School Holiday activity

Mother On A Mission has provided a fully costed 12-month plan for this funding.

Further activity surrounding the funding is outlined below:

• Manchester Community Central (MACC) will be providing Mother On A Mission with advice and support to enable them to establish to develop as an organisation.
• The GM ‘Parent & Carer’ team will be offering Mother On A Mission the opportunity to contribute to peer support design.
• The VRU will arrange transfer of VRU funds (2024/25) and assist Mother On A Mission with appropriate reporting. Mother On A Mission will submit quarterly returns to the VRU.
• The GMCA Research team have been tasked with working with Mother On A Mission to evaluate delivery arising from this grant funding.

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

Decision published: 08/07/2024

Effective from: 21/06/2024

Decision:

The programme director agrees a VRU budget allocation of £17,700 via grant funding to Mother On A Mission to deliver a 12-month programme of youth provision in the Fallowfield area.

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


20/06/2024 - PCC DN - Greater Manchester Emerging Drug Trends and Drug Testing (GM TRENDS) ref: 2757    Recommendations Approved

The agreement with Manchester Metropolitan University provides for drug use monitoring to keep professionals and the public well-informed and respond to the threat of new, potent, or adulterated drugs.

The agreement includes a research project to identify changes and emerging issues in the use of substances by Greater Manchester residents and for 120 laboratory tests on samples obtained across Greater Manchester.

The 2023 research project has overrun the projected completion date of 31st August 2023 due to delays in drug samples being provided by GMP to enable laboratory analysis. The terminal date of this agreement is therefore proposed to be extended to 31st May 2024 by which time the young people’s element of the research will be published. There will be no additional funding required for the extension of the agreement.

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

Decision published: 08/07/2024

Effective from: 20/06/2024

Decision:

The terminal date of the current agreement with Manchester Metropolitan University for the delivery of the GM TRENDS research and laboratory testing will be extended to 31st May 2024 with no additional funds allocated to the project.

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


13/06/2024 - PCC DN - Variation of VRU Public Health Consultancy Contract ref: 2756    Recommendations Approved

Public health expertise has been crucial to the development of the GM
Violence Reduction Unit and the programme has greatly benefited from this
since its inception in 2019. Until October 2022, input has been through a
succession of Public Health Registrar appointments as part of the national
registrar training programme. However, between January 2021 and May
2021 there was no Public Health Registrar available which highlighted the
potential risk of solely relying on registrar support.

Therefore, to ensure a strong public health approach is adopted across Greater Manchester for Violence Prevention, it is critical to incorporate senior public health expertise and knowledge. It was established that the individual must be an expert in the field of Public Health, (registered in GMC/UKPHR/GDC), with particular specialist knowledge in Violence Prevention, so that the public health principles could be embedded into a system wide approach. It was established that they must also be a senior and system leader with extensive knowledge and expertise of public sector, in particular NHS and local government, so that cultures and organisational boundaries are understood, yet can be challenged.

Since Helen Lowey Consultancy Ltd was appointed in October 2022, the VRU has reaped multiple benefits, including:
• Provision of sufficient senior expertise to influence and negotiate with
District Directors of Public Health and Strategic Health Leads across
a range of organisations and settings
• Representing GM wide public health agenda in relation to Police, Fire
and Crime to support integration within the developing locality boards
and development of an Integrated Care System
• Advising the Mayor and Deputy Mayor regarding opportunities and
approaches to support reducing Youth Violence and Gender Based
Violence
• Representing the Public Health agenda at the GM Violence Reduction
Governance Board and provide credible leadership and guidance at
a senior level to support systemwide change and improvement.
• Providing oversight of all relevant data and ways to strengthen and
improve the VRU understanding of all factors relating to violence.
• The consultant has overseen the production of two Serious Violence Strategic Needs Assessments during her time with the VRU

The appointment of Helen Lowey Consultancy Ltd has brought added value to the VRU via unpaid Public Health Registrar placements. Whilst the VRU has been in receipt of one placement since Aug 2023 (due to end May 31st 2024) the qualifications held by Helen Lowey Consultancy Ltd allows the VRU to receive two unpaid Public Health Registrar placements at the same time from August 2024.

This extension is proposed to take the contract through to 31st March 2025, at which point the VRU will review its needs in relation to public health, by which time it will have benefited from almost 3 years of expertise to develop its public health approach to reducing serious violence.

Decision Maker: Treasurer GMCA

Decision published: 08/07/2024

Effective from: 13/06/2024

Decision:

The VRU wishes to vary its existing contract with Helen Lowey Consultancy Ltd by adding a value of £34,800 to extend the current contract beyond its current end date of October 2024 to 31st March 2025. The current value of the contact is £174,000 and the total new value of the varied contract will be £208,800.

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


13/06/2024 - PCC DN - VRU Education Lead (Consultant) Variation of Existing Contract ref: 2755    Recommendations Approved

Priority 6 of the 2020 GM Serious Violence Action Plan included a commitment to work with education settings (including primary, secondary, alternative provision, further education and pupil referral units) to keep pupils safe and reduce the likelihood of fixed term and permanent exclusions. The 12023 Greater Than Violence strategy contains multiple commitments to work across educational settings over the next decade, particularly concerning pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

In order to progress this work, the VRU needed to appoint an individual who could function at a senior level and invoke the necessary changes across the education system. As such, it appointed an independent education lead via the College of Maths. Since July 2022, the education lead has operated in a complex partnership environment, working with multiple stakeholders to identify best practice, implement strategy and effective intervention measures. The independent education lead was appointed as in order to succeed in this work, it was deemed necessary that the individual would need to have had extensive experience as a headteacher, and was both competent and fully conversant with the business landscape of
education, including matters pertaining to national and local policy, through to direct operational delivery.

Building resilience within the school community and general education
setting is vital in order to reduce the risk of young people becoming involved in violence, but also addressing the outcomes and factors when violence does occur. This work covers all elements of primary and secondary and
further education as well as other specialist education provision.

The current contract with the College of Maths is due to expire in July 2024, and we are seeking authorisation to extend it beyond July 2024 to 31st March 2025. Once clarity on VRU funding beyond this date has been clarified, the VRU will need to work with GMCA commercial services to undertake a complaint procurement exercise to commission any further education lead role.

Decision Maker: Treasurer GMCA

Decision published: 08/07/2024

Effective from: 13/06/2024

Decision:

The VRU to vary its existing contract with The College of Maths by adding a value of £49,000 to extend the current contract for the VRU’s Education Lead beyond its current end date of July 2024 to 31st March 2025. The current value of the contact is £110,400 and the total new value of the varied contract will be £159,400.

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


27/06/2024 - PCC DN - The Greater Manchester Restorative Service – Provider award (12 month extension) ref: 2754    Recommendations Approved

Since 2018 The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) have commissioned a Restorative Justice Hub and Cluster Service to help victims of crime cope and recover from their experiences and to help offenders to take responsibility for their actions and make amends.

In April 24, following legal advice, a competitive procurement exercise was undertaken inviting applicants to apply to deliver the Greater Manchester Restorative Justice Service which will see high quality RJ delivered by staff located in every Local Authority area of Greater Manchester.

The service will offer RJ in each district and be available to neighbourhoods as an intervention for antisocial behaviour and low lever offending, it will also provide a service that will support both the victim and offender following sentence and in serious and complex cases.

This service will be an all-age Restorative Justice Service, delivering restorative practice in accordance with relevant Restorative Justice Council guidance in relation to preparation, facilitation and follow up.

It will deliver training, workforce development and awareness raising for services including GMP.
The service will Focus on Level 2 and Level 3 Restorative Justice and in supporting Greater Manchester Police to improve their practice at level 1.

The Service will ensure and promote equity of access that reflects the demographics of those who have experienced crime across Greater Manchester.

The Service will continuously improve service delivery using evidence-based systems, processes and research.

The GMRJ service will provide a champion in each district who will help to support partners and colleagues to understand Restorative Approaches.

Remedi were the only provider to bid to deliver the service.

A moderation process with representation from GMCA, GMP and GMPS was undertaken to ensure that even though Remedi was the only applicant that we were satisfied that they met the specification criteria, and we were satisfied that they could provide the service to the high standard that is required.

Remedi met the threshold and a joint decision to award was reached.

Decision Maker: Treasurer GMCA

Decision published: 08/07/2024

Effective from: 27/06/2024

Decision:

Remedi will provide the GM RJ Service from 4th July for 12 months with the option to extend for a further year.

Value £250,000 per annum

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


20/06/2024 - PCC DN - Improving Police Custody Lived Experience. ref: 2753    Recommendations Approved

GMCA requires an organisation with a combination of criminal justice research and lived experience expertise to support the Improving Police Custody Programme.

Revolving Doors support and develop the skills and ambitions of people with lived experience. They advocate for system level change led by the people who use services.

Revolving Doors Agency is an award-winning national charity with over 20 years of experience aiming to change systems and improve services for people caught in the ‘revolving door’ – those who come into repeat contact with the criminal justice system due to multiple unmet needs.

Revolving Doors will have a phased approach to the support, this will include reviewing how the custody process operates and supporting future improvements.

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

Decision published: 08/07/2024

Effective from: 20/06/2024

Decision:

£43,761 is awarded to Revolving Doors to contribute to the oversight and scrutiny of the Improving Police Custody Programme by reviewing the Police Custody Suites through the eyes of lived experience & will undertake a review of this.

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


20/06/2024 - PCC DN - Greater Manchester Equality Alliance (GM=EqAl) Improving Police Custody ref: 2752    Recommendations Approved

The reasons for the decision are:

The Greater Manchester Equality Alliance (GM=EqAl) was launched in September 2020 as a successor to the smaller Greater Manchester Inclusion and Wellbeing Partnership (IWP)

Working in alliance with other VCSE, public and private sector individuals and organisations, GM=EqAl serves to connect communities to policy makers, and vice versa, to assist with strategic equality and diversity work in Greater Manchester (GM). GM=EqAl takes an intersectional approach, recognising that each individual experiences marginalisation in unique ways due to how multiple forms of inequality or disadvantage compound exclusion. By bringing together a diverse range of voices in a pan-equalities space, GM=EqAl channels multiple perspectives to develop solutions through dialogue.

Greater Manchester Equality Alliance (GM=EqAl) is a coalition of organisations and individuals drawn from a wide range of communities of experience across Greater Manchester.
GM=EqAl seeks to channel the expertise of grassroots groups, equality organisations and inclusion champions into decision making at the highest levels.

GM=EqAl will provide targeted engagement with communities at a GM-level where appropriate, this could take the form of thematic workshops/conversations, or potentially focussed on particular characteristics
In addition, the work will also contribute to the oversight and scrutiny of the Improving Police Custody programme through participation with the steering group and other relevant forums.
It will also support the implementation of legislation by providing an analysis of directives with an ‘inequalities’ lens – helping partners in the criminal justice system consider how experiences of policing could differ between communities.


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

Decision published: 08/07/2024

Effective from: 20/06/2024

Decision:

GMCA will grant fund £25,000 to The Greater Manchester Equality Alliance (GM=EqAl) to contribute to the oversight and scrutiny of the Improving Police Custody programme

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


12/06/2024 - PCC DN - OddArts work with Soul Sisters ref: 2751    Recommendations Approved

Odd Arts is teaming up with Soul Sister (https://soulsisters.org.uk/team/) to support a forum theatre project (eventually leading to legislative theatre) piece, developed and performed by women from Rochdale all who have experience of domestic abuse. The play will explore some of the system barriers, challenges & inequalities the women have faced as female survivors of domestic abuse. There is no funding for this project, but OddArts are 'making it happen' by coming together and providing staff. The main barrier to delivery is transport costs to facilitate transporting participating women from Middleton to Rochdale 3-5 times a week over a 9–12-week period.

OddArts are part of the Manchester Peace Together Alliance, a member of the VRU’s Community Led Programme in City of Manchester.

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

Decision published: 08/07/2024

Effective from: 12/06/2024

Decision:

The GM VRU is seeking to award OddArts £500.00 to specifically fund the transport of women taking part in the Soul Sisters programme from Middleton to Rochdale once per week for 9 weeks.

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


12/06/2024 - PCC DN - Project Simply Criminal Justice System video timeline ref: 2750    Recommendations Approved

Provider ‘Project Simply’ were appointed to deliver an online interactive timeline tool for victims of Crime. This online web tool will enable victims of crime to access and easily browse a set of videos and supplementary information depicting the criminal justice system and will be designed to help them better understand the process of coming forward and reporting a crime. It is also aimed to debunk and demystify aspects of the criminal justice system which can be incredibly daunting to engage with.

The tool is part of wider transformation of the digital offer to victims of crime including the broader website and a case management portal.

We have now reached the final stages of this video timeline work where the wireframe for the site is complete, and the project requires some additional work which was not foreseen and listed within the original scope in order to complete. This includes amending the site to work with videos hosted on Youtube within a GMCA owned account which can easily be updated/changed and offers caption ability. The web tool also requires branding (including incorporating logo font and colours) with these assets only recently developed and agreed.

This funding envelope will cover the known additional costs which have fallen outside of the contract scope and will also offer some limited contingency should other minor aspects be required prior to completion.

• £1000 Amendments for YouTube hosted videos
• £1000 amendments to tailor site with branding colours, logo and font

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

Decision published: 08/07/2024

Effective from: 12/06/2024

Decision:

A funding envelope of £4999 be made available for the final round of amendments and additional costs to finalise the Criminal Justice System timeline tool which is being developed by supplier Project Simply. This is a key component part of the Digital transformation of victim services and forms a part of the victims’ website.

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


12/06/2024 - PCC DN - Supplementary funding to assist the transition of Women’s Support Alliance health workers to GMMH Health and Justice requirements and funding streams. ref: 2749    Recommendations Approved

The Greater Manchester Women’s Support Alliance (WSA) is a registered charity whose vision is to see an approach to women facing multiple unmet needs which emphasises early intervention and prevention, diverting women away from statutory intervention. It is known that women within the justice system have significantly poorer health outcomes than the general population and the provision of health workers to support primary care health needs and outcomes is designed to reduce the health inequality for these women.

The WSA was awarded the contract to deliver the Women’s Support Service as part of the GMIRS commissioning process. They also deliver health worker service for women who access the support of the Women’s Alliance. This health support worker service forms an important part of the support to enable women to access health services either because they have previously chosen not to, or not been able to access them for a variety of reasons. It also assists recovery for women who have faced trauma to help them cope, recover and move forward with their lives as well as helping to address health inequalities for women who are in the justice system across Greater Manchester.

For the first year of delivery this service was funded via ICM health budgets. At the March 2023 JRE these budgets were aligned to the Police, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire Team and overseen by the Tackling Health Inequalities and the Criminal Justice System Joint Operational Group. This arrangement was supported by GMCA providing a grant to the women’s Support Alliance to deliver a health worker support service. This funding ends in June 2024. To ensure service delivery and protect funded posts this DN sets out the need to provide supplementary ‘transition’ funding as we move from a CA grant funded mechanism to GMMH mainstream funding budgets that deliver health outcomes for people in contact with the justice system. Once this transition period has ended the service will be funded by GMMH.

Transition to GMMH funding.

The new delivery and funding proposal is that the WSA will align its health workers support service for women to meet the requirements of: -
• RECONNECT (an in-custody service to assist with resettlement of people with health and substance misuse issues),
• Liaison and Diversion (a service to provide support to people in contact with the justice system from point of investigation to disposal [police and court]).

These services are currently provided by GMMH (funded by NHSE through the ICB). By transitioning these roles to the WSA it will provide improved gendered support for women who are in the justice system, improve outcomes, make service delivery more seamless and provide secure long-term funding opportunities.

The proposal is this funding will allow the transition to a ‘secondment’ model whereby the posts are owned and managed by the WSA but paid for by GMMH.

This model has been chosen because: -
• there is an evidence base and successful model in West Yorks
• it brings together multiple pathways (across L&D and RECONNECT) with the Women’s Support Alliance
• enhances benefits of partnership working for women and services
• the model will ‘fit’ with GMMH governance structures and have the potential to develop further if successful.

The staffing structure will be up to 4.00 FTE from Learning and Development establishment, and potentially 1.00 FTE from RECONNECT with a target date for completion of September 2024.

Reporting.

Alongside on-going delivery of the women’s health support service and the potential protection of jobs this ‘bridging’ funding provides reporting will be monitored through monthly and quarterly meetings. The WSA will report through-put and outcomes data to support performance management and begin the transition to future GMMH delivery requirements.

The key reporting areas include: -
• Assessment and identification of additional needs.
• Recommendation / support offered.
• Support received.
• Feedback from women using the service.
• Case studies

This information will be submitted to GMMH for onward reporting to the ICB via quarterly reporting arrangements. The Institute for Public Safety, Crime and Justice at the University of Northampton.

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

Decision published: 08/07/2024

Effective from: 12/06/2024

Decision:

£40,000 is provided to support existing jobs and enable the continuation of service delivery while the Women’s Support Alliance health workers transition to deliver required outcomes under GMMH health and justice funding streams.

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


12/06/2024 - PCC DN - Police and Crime Plan 2025-2029 development ref: 2748    Recommendations Approved

The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 sets out the detail which must be included in a police and crime plan which has to be issued in the financial year following the election of the Mayor.

Considering and taking into account the views of GM residents, victims of crime and responsible authorities is an integral part of developing the plan – which the holding of engagement events will support.

The final Plan will need to be designed and published on the GMCA website and therefore needs to be professionally designed and finished. The document needs to appeal to a variety of audiences, be accessible and will run until 2029 so quality of design is important.

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

Decision published: 08/07/2024

Effective from: 12/06/2024

Decision:

£15,000 be allocated to the development of the Police and Crime Plan – this will be used for the holding of 4 external engagement events and for procuring the designing of the Plan once a draft has been finalised.

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


06/06/2024 - PCC DN - VRU Content Creation contract ref: 2747    Recommendations Approved

The strategic aim of VRUs communications plan is to support the reduction of serious violence by increasing aspirations of young people in Greater Manchester and reassuring the public that the VRU is working together with partners and the community to address serious violence and its underlying causes.

The aims of this contract are to:

• Raise awareness of how Greater Manchester Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) is working together with partners and the community to address serious violence.
• Promote an alternative to violence by showcasing opportunities for people affected by violence and build aspirations for young people through campaigns and communications activity.
• Demonstrate the impact of the VRU in reducing serious violence, especially violence amongst young people.

The above aims of will support the achievement of the communications objectives by amplifying the VRUs presence online and reach.



The content creation contract will:
- Provide a steady stream of high-quality multi-media content– including but not limited to written blog material, filming support, video edits, social graphics and photography etc.
- Provide a content plan/calendar for the year, with space built in for ad hoc requests/events/news, sometimes with short time frames
- Ensure our website is fresh and engaging - Increase the number of people we reach with our communications, especially within our key target audience groups
- Use social ads to ensure certain messages reach certain audiences, including when community tensions are high/after a serious incident

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

Decision published: 08/07/2024

Effective from: 06/06/2024

Decision:

The VRU wishes to conduct a full commercial services-led procurement exercise inviting quotations for the VRU’s next content creation contract, covering delivery from June 2024 to April 2025. This contract would cover content provision for the VRU website, social media channels, and VRU events. The total contract value is to be £30,000.

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


06/06/2024 - PCC DN - I am Greater Phase 4 contract- Request for Quotation ref: 2746    Recommendations Approved

Following successful delivery of phase 3 of the campaign, in February 2024, the Violence Reduction Governance Board gave approval for phase 4 of the campaign to be commissioned in 2024-25. As approved by the Deputy Mayor, this campaign should be centred around the following concepts arising via learning from phase 3 of the programme:

• Role Models- here is an opportunity to grow this activity into ‘always on’ activity. This activity will be activated on a more localised level, finding role models based in key areas/hot spots and boosting content to young people based in that location – effectively running smaller, localised and more focused campaigns for each of our target areas.
• Snapchat- In Phase 3, our Snapchat activity focused on highlighting the violent online behaviours which exist on social media, and this landed very well with our audience. We developed content specifically for Snapchat, which was highlighted as the platform where such behaviours are most common. The creation of additional short form video content specifically for Snapchat will explore these behaviours further and provide additional guidance for how to deal with them.
• Positioning the websites role as the ‘go-to’ hub for young people, partners, and organisations to visit for information and resources. The website should feel engaging to young people.


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

Decision published: 08/07/2024

Effective from: 06/06/2024

Decision:

The VRU wishes to conduct a full commercial services-led procurement exercise inviting quotations for the VRU’s fourth 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 built on the first two phases and included young people in the design and creation of campaign materials. It is suggested that a small survey is conducted to understand the thoughts and feelings of young people in the city-region in terms of violence and safety. The results of this would inform campaign messaging. This survey could be repeated following the launch of the campaign for measurement purposes.

The total amount of funding to be awarded is £49,995.

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


06/06/2024 - PCC DN - VRU Funding for UniteHer Event July 2024 ref: 2745    Recommendations Approved

On Saturday 6th July 2024, the Clinical Lead for the GM VRU will host the UniteHER event at Hideout sports hall. UniteHER is a female only social event aimed to bring girls ages 11-16years old with inspirational female role models in professions that they may initially have hesitancy about (i.e. Police, doctors, social workers, emergency responders...). The event aims to improve communication and relationships between them by using sport and learning workshops to unite the groups together. UniteHER will partner with the Greater Manchester Violence Reduction Unit and England Netball.

The event involves netball skills sessions delivered by England Netball followed by a Q&A with a professional netball player and lunch. The afternoon sessions involved the delivery of 2 workshops; lifesaving skills session delivered by StreetDoctors and a session on understanding healthy relationships, delivered by Tough Cookies, a Trafford Domestic Abuse Service.

The GM VRU has agreed to provide one-off funding for the services provided by the above organisations during the event out of the 2024/25 Serous Violence Fund (Health & Wellbeing Budget Line)

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

Decision published: 08/07/2024

Effective from: 06/06/2024

Decision:

The GM VRU to pay the following organisations for their services during the UniteHER event on Saturday 6th July 2024 at Hideout sports hall:

StreetDoctors: £400 – For the delivery of the lifesaving skills sessions for the attendees of the event

KitLocker: £364.24 - For the provision of UniteHer branded t-shirts for the participants of the event (50 T-Shirts)

ToughCookies: £285 - For the Delivery of Healthy Relationship sessions for the attendees of the event

Hideout: £250- For venue costs

Total amount: £1,299.24

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


14/06/2024 - PCC DN - Funding Allocation for GM VRU Staffing 2024/25 ref: 2744    Recommendations Approved

Established in October 2019, the Greater Manchester VRU is a team of subject leads and experts from Greater Manchester Police (GMP), Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), Greater Manchester National Probation Service, Public Health, NHS, Education, Community Voluntary Sector, Victim’s Voice, Youth Justice and Local Authorities, addressing the underlying causes of violence and working together with communities to prevent it.

To date, the multi-agency partnership working approach has enabled the GM VRU to develop new and existing relationships with partners across a wide range of thematic areas to tackle serious violence in both GM and across the UK. The GM VRU is seeking to continue to fund its staff members to continue developing these programmes of work.

The partners will report to a VRU director and Partnership lead who are employed by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

Decision Maker: Treasurer GMCA

Decision published: 08/07/2024

Effective from: 14/06/2024

Decision:

The GM VRU are seeking to award the following organisations to continue funding the VRU staff for financial year 2024-25:

Internal Staff (GMCA)
Programme Support
Victims Champion
Communications Lead (Maternity Cover)
Communications Lead (Maternity Costs)
Research Officer (Lead Analyst)

External Staff- Secondments from Other Organisations:
Youth Justice Operational Lead (0.2 FTE) to be awarded to Tameside Council
Youth Justice Strategic Lead (0.1 FTE) to be awarded to Wigan Council
Probation Lead (0.4 FTE) to be awarded to the National Probation Service
Clinical Lead (0.2 FTE) To be awarded to the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Contracts for Professional Services:

Education Lead (0.4 FTE) - to be awarded to the College of Maths for provision from July 2022- July 2024 onwards and managed through a separate decision for consultancy. A further decision to extend provision of the Education Lead from July 2024 through to March 2025 will be submitted separately to approve this contract extension)
Public Health Lead (0.2 FTE)- to be awarded to Helen Lowey Consultancy Ltd for provision from October 2022 to October 2024 and managed through a separate decision for consultancy. A further decision to extend provision of the Public Health Lead through to March 2025 will be submitted separately to approve this contract extension)


Total: £450,000

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


06/06/2024 - PCC DN - RCRP - Partner Project management contribution ref: 2743    Recommendations Approved

GMP are embarking on Right Care, Right Person (RCRP) which aims to ensure the most appropriate agency respond to those with mental health and wider welfare needs that are not best met with a policing response.
This is a national approached (underpinned by a national Partnership Agreement) that all police forces are required to implement this year.
GMP have been working at both a strategic and tactical level with local authority officers, NHS trusts, mental health agencies and others to develop pathways and solutions.
This secondment is critical to the development of these practical pathways and solutions with partners.
GMP have postponed the initial ‘go live’ date to the Autumn to provide more time for partner preparation. The extension of this secondment will contribute to this preparation to the benefit of GMP, partner agencies and ultimately the public.

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

Decision published: 08/07/2024

Effective from: 06/06/2024

Decision:

£18,000 be provided to GMP as a 50% contribution towards a 6-month extension of a secondment from the GMCA to GMP to support the delivery of Right Care: Right Person (RC:RP) for both GMP and partner agencies.

This is for a period of 6 months commencing 30 June and ending on 31 December 2024.

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


04/06/2024 - PCC DN - A Bed Every Night (ABEN) – financial contribution 2024/25 & 2025/26 ref: 2742    Recommendations Approved

In line with the commitments to reduce re-offending in the Standing Together Police and Crime plan, preventing homelessness will contribute towards reducing re-offending and keeping vulnerable people safe.

Decision Maker: Treasurer GMCA

Decision published: 08/07/2024

Effective from: 04/06/2024

Decision:

£250,000 contribution to be paid to the A Bed Every Night scheme in the years 2024/25 & 2025/26.

Total £500,000

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


05/06/2024 - PCC DN - 12-month extension MoJ Victims Core Grant funding (tier 2 victims services) ref: 2741    Recommendations Approved

A full strategic needs assessment for victims of crime will be undertaken in financial year 2024/25. Not only will this inform the next stage of our commissioning cycle but will also assist in identifying our priorities as the Government’s multi-year commitment to victims funding is ending in March 2025. Extending support services will maintain stability across the sector and continue to provide essential support to victims in GM.

An Expression of Interest exercise will also be undertaken to appoint a provider to review the Tier 2 services for victims of crime. This proposed extension of existing services will allow adequate time to undertake the review and communicate this to services and partners.

Decision Maker: Treasurer GMCA

Decision published: 08/07/2024

Effective from: 05/06/2024

Decision:

It is agreed that the following services for victims of sexual violence and domestic abuse which are currently grant funded by GMCA, are extended for a further 12 months (1st April 2024 – 31st March 2025). These awards are married to the 3-year multi-year commitment of core grant funding set by the MoJ in 2022 and conclude in March 2025.

The services included in the 12-month extension are:

• Manchester Action on Street Health (MASH) - £49,012
• We Are Survivors - £81,952
• Trafford Rape Crisis - £22,500
• Greater Manchester Rape Crisis - £22,500
• Local Authority IDVA service provision - £420,000 across 10 local authorities (Manchester 60k, all other local authorities £40k)
• LGBT IDVA (Manchester City Council for commissioning the LGBT Foundation) - £29,593
• Guardian Project - £49,000
• Community Safety Trust (CST) - £28,116
• Greater Manchester Domestic Abuse Helpline Service (Independent Choices) – £30,000
• LGBT Hate Crime Service (LGBT Foundation) - £29,580
• City Hearts – Trafficking Support Service - £20,000

Total funding of £703,660 via the MOJ Victims Budget for 2024/25.

Total funding to be approved - £703,660.

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


04/06/2024 - PCC DN - Gender-Based Violence campaign, 2024-25 ref: 2740    Recommendations Approved

To deliver part of priority two of the Gender-Based Violence Delivery Plan, 2024-26: continue to develop and deliver a flagship GBV campaign aimed at changing mens' and boys' behaviour

Decision Maker: Treasurer GMCA

Decision published: 08/07/2024

Effective from: 04/06/2024

Decision:


GMCA will pay £150,000 to Agent Marketing to deliver an insight gathering, communications and PR campaign to run from May 2024 for up to 18 months.

The campaign will aim to raise awareness of, challenge and reduce the prevalence of gender-based violence in Greater Manchester, specifically the behaviours that constitute coercive control and domestic abuse/violence.

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


04/06/2024 - GMP DN - A1090 Cleaning & Catering Products ref: 2739    Recommendations Approved

The supplier is the preferred supplier based on chemicals and benchmarking undertaken, and the EPP framework chosen permits direct award.

Decision Maker: Treasurer GMCA

Decision published: 08/07/2024

Effective from: 04/06/2024

Decision:

The Deputy Mayor approves the award of a 2 year contract for Cleaning & Catering Products, to Alliance Disposables, with the option to extend for a further 2 years. The likely value of 4 years spend would be circa £940k.

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


28/05/2024 - PCC DN - Greater Manchester Integrated Recovery Services Dependency and Recovery Grants 2024/25 ref: 2738    Recommendations Approved

The provision of enhanced substance misuse treatment pathways and treatment intensity for clients of the Probation Service is key to improving client engagement, subsequent treatment outcomes, and ultimately reduced offending.

Delivering enhanced D&R pathways and treatment via the existing community providers commissioned by local authorities, provides a coherent treatment system for service users and professionals. A separately commissioned service for clients of the Probation Service would provide a less efficient and less co-ordinated system and may even be detrimental to outcomes due to clients needing to access multiple points for substance use support. This would also limit the feedback of information from core treatment services to probation as there would be no funded capacity.

In previous years, this funding has been provided directly to the treatment services by the GMCA however this removed the local authority commissioners from the direct process and is not optimal in terms of strategic co-ordination with other funding streams available for this area of work. The 2023/24 D&R funding decision notice, approved 29th November 2023, indicated that providing funding to local authorities is the preferred model for 2024/25 and beyond should IRS funding be available. This model has been discussed with local authority commissioners and relevant service providers at GM co-ordination meetings over the last 12 months.

The D&R funding will follow the same model as is currently used between the GMCA and local authority areas for the Community Safety Grant, Voluntary and Community Sector Grant, and Hate Crime Grant (relevant DN approved 19th April 2023). It is intended that the local CSP will provide scrutiny of the grant for each local authority and will provide assurance to the GMCA that the funds have been utilised in accordance with the grant conditions.

Funding values are currently only available for 2024/25 however if IRS D&R funding remains available in future years, it is intended that this grant funding process to local authorities will remain the preferred model.

Decision Maker: Treasurer GMCA

Decision published: 08/07/2024

Effective from: 28/05/2024

Decision:

Greater Manchester Integrated Recovery Services Dependency and Recovery (GM IRS D&R) grants are made to the ten Greater Manchester local authorities to enable the co-ordinated commissioning of effective drug and alcohol services for clients of HM Probation Service to the total value of £1257000.


Lead officer: Lisa Lees


28/05/2024 - PCC DN - Home Office Grant: Serious and Organised Crime Community Coordinator (Western Balkans) ref: 2737    Recommendations Approved

The Home Office provided funding to GMP via GMCA to undertake community-based work to prevent and safeguard against Western Balkan led criminality across Greater Manchester, implementing Prepare, Prevent and Protect objectives to tackle serious and organised crime. For 2023/24, this totals £130,000.

This project is part of two wider Home Office programmes – Serious and Organised Crime Community Coordinators, and the Western Balkans programme, which delivers both UK and origin country-based interventions to reduce offending, build community resilience and safeguard individuals and communities at risk of being drawn into or affected by serious and organised crime.

The total spend is split between three key budget lines, with the community coordinator staff allocating project spend to the most appropriate activity locally to meet the stated project objectives.

Decision Maker: Treasurer GMCA

Decision published: 08/07/2024

Effective from: 28/05/2024

Decision:

GMCA transfers to GMP £130,000 to deliver on 2023/24 requirements for the Home Office funded Western Balkans Serious and Organised Crime Community Coordinator programme in Greater Manchester. This is split as per the below:

Staff costs: £76,000 to pay for Community Coordinator costs.

Project costs: £44,000 to deliver projects to prevent and minimise the impact of western Balkan related criminality.

Evaluation costs: £10,000 to evaluate the project delivery over the year

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


23/05/2024 - PCC DN - THE MODERN SLAVERY AND ORGANISED IMMIGRATION CRIME PROGRAMME 2023-2024 NATIONAL s22A COLLABORATION AGREEMENT ref: 2736    Recommendations Approved

A National Collaboration Agreement was entered into by Chief Officers and Policing Bodies under section 22A of the Police Act 1996 dated December 2019 pursuant to which they established a collaborative venture known as the Modern Slavery Police Transformation Programme (now the Modern Slavery and Organised Immigration Crime Programme) with the aim of providing support to police forces in England and Wales to improve their response to Modern Slavery through the establishment of the Modern Slavery Teams.

Decision Maker: Treasurer GMCA

Decision published: 08/07/2024

Effective from: 23/05/2024

Decision:

The Deputy Mayor authorises the entering into of the above S.22A agreement, for the Modern Slavery and Organised Immigration Crime Programme.

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


23/05/2024 - PCC DN - Baird Inquiry - additional funding ref: 2735    Recommendations Approved

The purpose of this independent inquiry is to explore the experience of women and girls who are arrested and taken into police custody, particularly in respect of maximising their rights, their safety and their dignity. It will particularly focus on the appropriate use, or otherwise, of strip searches and intimate searches, removal and replacement of clothing. The inquiry will explore and seek to understand the experiences of three women, whose accounts have recently been featured on national television, and how widespread their experience may be. The inquiry will also examine the fitness of current GMP policy and procedures arising from these accounts.

The funding will enable the inquiry to be undertaken independently and by someone with nationally recognised expertise and experience in this field. This will give the independent inquiry credibility and enable it to be conducted expeditiously.

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

Decision published: 08/07/2024

Effective from: 23/05/2024

Decision:

Funding of an additional £20,000 be provided to engage Dame Vera Baird KC to conduct an independent inquiry into the experience of women and girls arrested and taken into police custody in GMP, at the invitation of the Mayor.

The inquiry will be concluded in June 2024.

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


23/05/2024 - PCC DN - Gender-based violence campaign pitches ref: 2734    Recommendations Approved

To deliver priority two of the gender-based violence delivery plan 2024-26: initiate a sustained programme of public engagement to raise awareness of, and tackle, gender-based abuse and violence across the city-region.

The campaign will aim to raise awareness of, challenge and reduce the prevalence of gender-based violence in Greater Manchester, specifically the behaviours that constitute coercive control and domestic abuse/violence.

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

Decision published: 08/07/2024

Effective from: 23/05/2024

Decision:

GMCA will pay £288 to Friends Meeting House for a meeting room to host pitches for the gender-based violence public engagement campaign tender.

Lead officer: Lisa Lees


23/05/2024 - Venue Booking and Catering- VRU Away Day ref: 2733    Recommendations Approved

The Violence Reduction Unit intends to run a team away day to unite the wider GM Violence Reduction Partnership (including leads from public agencies across GM including Health, GMP, Probation, Public Health, Youth Justice and Education amongst others) in order to review business from the previous 12 months and look ahead to the next 12 months, ensuring that Violence Reduction is at the heart of every aspect of planning. The away day is intended to generate team cohesion and ensure a partnership-wide approach to our core business planning.

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

Decision published: 08/07/2024

Effective from: 23/05/2024

Decision:

The Greater Manchester Violence Reduction Unit are seeking to make the following payments for a VRU Partnership Away Day on 10th July 2024

Chambers of Commerce
A payment to be made of £835.00 to book a room & catering at GM Chambers of Commerce covering event space for between 25 and 30 attendees, as well as lunch & refreshments (Teas, Coffees, Water, Standard Working Lunch Platter for all attendees)) covering 25-30 participants.

Lead officer: Lisa Lees