Agenda and minutes
Economy Scrutiny Committee
Thursday, 20th June, 2019 10.00 am
Venue: Council Antechamber, Level 2, Town Hall Extension
Contact: Michael Williamson
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To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 6 March 2019.
The minutes of the meeting held on 6 March 2019 were agreed as a correct record.
To receive the minutes of the District Centres Sub Group held on 6 March 2019.
The Committee notes the minutes of the District Centres Sub Group held on 6 March 2019.
Report of the Age Friendly Manchester Lead
This report and accompanying presentation highlights the economic characteristics of Manchester’s 50-64 year old population and some of the significant facing this group challenges. The report/presentation addresses the need to develop new approaches to respond to the challenge to support people to be able to remain in work for longer, address the significant health challenges people face and create new opportunities for the most marginalised.
The Committee considered a report of the Age Friendly Manchester Lead, which provided and analysis of the economic characteristics of Manchester’s 50-64 year old population, highlighting some of the significant health challenges for this group, new approaches which needed developing to respond to the challenge to support people to be able to remain in work for longer, address the significant health challenges people faced and create new opportunities for the most marginalised.
The report was complemented by a presentation from the Directorate Lead - Corporate Intelligence, who referred to the main points and themes, which included:-
· There were approximately 73,000 Manchester residents who were in the 50-64 year age group and this cohort was increasing with an expectant figure of 86,500 by 2028;
· Three quarters of this population were likely to have incomes of below the Manchester average of £29,000, with 40% below £15,000;
· The areas of the city in which these people lived correlated with those areas of highest health and income deprivation;
· Evidence showed that high deprivation correlated to high wider determinants of health such as smoking, alcohol and poor diets;
· Low wealth was also linked to depression in this age group;
· The average healthy life expectancy in Manchester was 56 years old, compared to the UK averages of 63 years old for men and 64 years old for women;
· Half of residents aged 50-64 registered with a Manchester GP had one or more diagnosed long term health conditions (e.g. smoking, hypertension, obesity);
· Premature death in 50-69 year olds was high, most commonly from heart disease and lung cancer and Manchester had the highest rate of preventable deaths and second highest rate of premature deaths (less than 75 years old);
· Social isolation and loneliness were linked to mortality, increased risk of heart disease, stroke, depression and cognitive decline in older people, particularly men and a challenging budget environment had reduced the range of social activities available to older people at a neighbourhood level and in turn access to the support available to them;
· 37% (26,689) of 50-64 year old Manchester residents were receiving some form of benefit payment, compared to the national average of 19%
· 13,840 (80%) of out of work benefit claims were for ill health, with 77% of these being ESA claimants in a ‘Support Group’ so were not required to undertake interviews or work-related activity;
· 9 out of 10 out of work benefit claimants had been receiving benefits for over a year and 4 in 10 ESA claimants had been claiming for at least five years; and
· A high proportion were not skilled in today’s industries and it was anticipated that the impact of changing industries on the 50-64 year old population would last until at least 2030.
Some of the key points that arose from the Committees discussions were:-
· There needed to be an acknowledgement of the potential counter productivity of encouraging/supporting people back into employment who were not physically or mentally ready to return to work;
· How many residents were subject to an ... view the full minutes text for item 25.
Report of the Strategic Director (Development) attached
This report provides an update on the development of the Greater Manchester Local Industrial Strategy, including the final Her Majesty’s Government agreed Strategy and the Greater Manchester Independent Prosperity Review’s Reviewers’ Report. The Strategy sets out a number of priorities which will deliver a more inclusive city region.
The Committee considered a report of the Strategic Director (Development), which provided an update on the development of the Greater Manchester Local Industrial Strategy and the outcome of the Independent Prosperity Review (IPR).
The Assistant Director – Research and Strategy, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) referred to the main points and themes in the report, which included:-
· The Greater Manchester Local Industrial Strategy was formally launched with Her Majesty’s Government on Thursday 13 June 2019;
· It considered Greater Manchester’s strengths (Health Innovation, Advanced Materials, Digital, Creative and Media and Clean Growth) and also suggested how the city region should strengthen its position on the five foundations of productivity (Ideas, People, Infrastructure, Business Environment and Places);
· It also set out Greater Manchester’s long-term aspirations and the specific outcomes local partners were aiming to achieve;
· The IPR provided a clear set or priorities where evidence suggested there was potential for policy to have the greatest impact on the productivity of the city region and the lives of the people who lived in it;
· The Greater Manchester Local Industrial Strategy considered the IPR’s findings and aimed to address them in its shared priorities between local leaders, Government and local stakeholders; and
· Where relevant to Manchester, this evidence base would also be considered during the development of the Manchester Local Industrial Strategy.
Some of the key points that arose from the Committees discussions were:-
· The development and implementation of the Manchester Industrial Strategy will require a number of Manchester resources. How would the strategies work together and what role would Manchester have in scrutinising the delivery of the strategies;
· Where would the necessary investment to deliver the ambitions within the strategy come form;
· Why did the strategy not make any reference to the work opportunities that will arise from the construction industry;
· How was it envisaged that the strategy would change things in practice;
· What consideration would the GM Industrial strategy and the Manchester Industrial Strategy give towards the development of residents skills, the introduction of T-Levels, the work being done around STEM learning and the inclusion of the over 50 population;
· What would be the output of the proposed joint project with the City of London in reviewing the city region’s venture capital funding landscape;
· It was questioned how successful ‘horizontal’ economic policies that cut across sector boundaries, creating an environment for businesses to thrive would actually be;
· What consideration was being given to supporting start-up businesses; and
· It was questioned as to how much the government had ‘bought into’ the findings of the IPR.
The Assistant Director advised that the development of the implementation plan for the GM Industrial Strategy and the Manchester Industrial Strategy would be undertaken at the same time, with the implementation plan focusing on the areas where government had committed to investing. The Leader added that it was likely that there would not be a vast amount of difference to how the Council was currently operating once both strategies were in their implementation phases. He commented that the ... view the full minutes text for item 26.
Report of the Governance and Scrutiny Support Unit attached
This report provides the Committee with the terms of reference for the District Centres Subgroup which the Committee is asked to agree. The report also includes the current work programme for the Subgroup.
The Committee considered a report of the Governance and Scrutiny Support Unit that provided Members with the current terms of reference and work programme of the District Centres Sub Group. The Committee was invited to re-establish the group and agree the membership, terms of reference and work programme.
The Chair of the Sub Group informed the Committee that there had been a slight revision to key line of enquiry No.4 and that the Sub Group would look to present its findings back to this Committee in January 2020.
(1) Agrees the Terms of Reference of the Sub Group, including the revision to key line of enquiry No.4;
(2) Notes the Sub Group’s work programme for future meetings;
(3) Agrees that the membership of the Sub Group for 2019/20 be Councillors Hughes, Karney, Kirkpatrick, Madeline Monaghan, Shilton Godwin and White; and
(4) Agrees that Councillor Shilton Godwin is appointed as Chair of the Subgroup;
Report of the Governance and Scrutiny Support Unit
This report provides the Committee with details of key decisions that fall within the Committee’s remit and an update on actions resulting from the Committee’s recommendations. The report also includes the Committee’s work programme, which the Committee is asked to amend as appropriate and agree.
The report of the Governance and Scrutiny Support Unit which contained key decisions within the Committee’s remit and responses to previous recommendations was submitted for comment. Members were also invited to agree the Committee’s future work programme.
The Committee notes the report and approve the work programme.