Economy Scrutiny Committee - Thursday, 9th September, 2021 2.00 pm

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

Contact: Michael Williamson  This meeting can be viewed on Vimeo at

No. Item


Urgent Business

To consider any items which the Chair has agreed to have submitted as urgent.



To consider any appeals from the public against refusal to allow inspection of background documents and/or the inclusion of items in the confidential part of the agenda.



To allow Members an opportunity to [a] declare any personal, prejudicial or disclosable pecuniary interests they might have in any items which appear on this agenda; and [b] record any items from which they are precluded from voting as a result of Council Tax/Council rent arrears; [c] the existence and nature of party whipping arrangements in respect of any item to be considered at this meeting. Members with a personal interest should declare that at the start of the item under consideration.  If Members also have a prejudicial or disclosable pecuniary interest they must withdraw from the meeting during the consideration of the item.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 254 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 22 July 2021.


Manchester's support for families living in poverty pdf icon PDF 437 KB

Report of the Deputy Chief Executive & City Treasurer and Director of Inclusive Economy attached


This report provides an overview of the Council’s response to poverty, including an update on the Family Poverty Strategy Reprioritisation and also details some of the major activities undertaken across the Council to help tackle poverty.


Additional documents:


Manchester's Digital Strategy pdf icon PDF 241 KB

Report of the Director of Inclusive Economy attached


This report sets out how the Council will use digital and technology to meet the priorities of the Our Manchester Strategy and achieve its ambition of being in the top-flight of world-class cities by 2025.

Additional documents:


Digital Exclusion Index pdf icon PDF 231 KB

Report of the Director of Inclusive Growth attached


This report and the accompanying presentation details, how the index works, some of the initial trends the index provide in relation to residents and areas of the City with greatest likelihood of being digitally excluded and provides a number of recommendations on how the index can be used to create better targeted interventions and more long-lasting change.

Additional documents:


Economy COVID-19 Sit Rep Report pdf icon PDF 554 KB

Report of the Director of City Centre Growth and Infrastructure and Director of Inclusive Economy


This report provides Committee Members with a further update summary of the current situation in the city in relation to COVID-19 and an update on the work progressing in Manchester in relation to areas within the remit of this Committee.  Further detail on specific issues will be available as required.


Overview Report pdf icon PDF 413 KB

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.