Agenda and minutes

Agenda and minutes

Health Scrutiny Committee - Wednesday, 11th October, 2023 2.00 pm

Venue: Council Antechamber, Level 2, Town Hall Extension. View directions

Contact: Lee Walker 


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Minutes pdf icon PDF 94 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 6 September 2023.




To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 6 September 2023.



Making Manchester Fairer: Tackling Health Inequalities in Manchester 2022-2027 pdf icon PDF 448 KB

Report of the Deputy Director of Public Health


This report provides an overview of progress made from October 2022 to October 2023 on the Making Manchester Fairer Action Plan.


Additional documents:


The Committee considered the report of the Deputy Director of Public Health that provided an overview of progress made from October 2022 to October 2023 on the Making Manchester Fairer Action Plan.


Key points and themes in the report included:


·         Providing an introduction and background, noting that Making Manchester Fairer (MMF) is Manchester City Council’s five-year action plan to address health inequalities in the city focussing on the social determinants of health;

·         Information on the MMF Programme Workstreams;

·         Information on the structure and purpose of the MMF Governance and Programme Board;

·         The approach to general communications and engagement;

·         An update on workforce development;

·         Consideration of resident and community engagement and involvement;

·         Information on Kickstarters and the Investment Fund;

·         The approach to engaging with anchor institutions, recognising that Manchester institutions and businesses had a key role in addressing health inequalities and it was recognised what impact their collective actions could have on health outcomes by changing their operations, investments and services;

·         Describing the approach to monitoring and evaluation with a summary of progress across all the MMF workstreams;

·         A deep dive on the theme of Homes and Housing, noting thatthere were six themes within this workstream of the Making Manchester Fairer programme which would be delivered through the Council’s Housing Strategy 2022-2032; and

·         Next Steps for MMF Action Plan.


The Committee heard from members of the Making Manchester Fairer Programme Board. Abi Brown stated that she wished to bring her lived and professional experience as a young black female working in Public Health to the conversation and to advocate for positive change. Adil Mohammed Javed described that he had a background in the arts and culture sector and had joined the Board to provide insight and to articulate the voice of local communities with the ambition to empower and educate to tackle heath inequalities. Sinead O’Connor described her lived experience of accessing services and reiterated the importance of hearing and acknowledging the unique voice of lived experience, as this would inform the solutions to address inequalities.   


The Deputy Leader and Making Manchester Fairer Programme Board Co-Chair paid tribute to the three Board Members for attending the meeting and articulating their experience. She stated that the breadth of knowledge and experience that the members brought to the discussion stimulated positive and important conversations to drive the work of the Board and provide the appropriate governance.


The Committee heard from Professor Sir Michael Marmot who spoke of the need for both national and local actions to address health inequalities. He stated that Manchester had demonstrated positive progress in this area of activity and that other authorities across Greater Manchester could learn a lot from the Manchester model and experience. He further paid tribute to Manchester for taking the initiative in developing and adopting an Anti-Poverty Strategy. He said that all Marmot recommendations were important to address health inequalities, however it was important that local people and decision makers determined which ones they prioritised to reflect local need, and this should be  ...  view the full minutes text for item 47.


Overview Report pdf icon PDF 111 KB

Report of the Governance and Scrutiny Support Unit


The monthly report includes the recommendations monitor, relevant key decisions, the Committee’s work programme and items for information. The report also contains additional information including details of those organisations that have been inspected by the Care Quality Commission.


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 agrees the work programme.