May 2015 - Newstart in Greater Manchester
Welcome to New Start in Greater Manchester. This is the first in a series of editions of the magazine from the UK’s ten core cities. Over the course of the next year we will produce our monthly edition from Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Newcastle, Nottingham, Leeds, Sheffield, Glasgow and Liverpool.
Manchester has the opportunity to use its devolution deal to inspire and engage the energy of its people, forge a new contract for social progress, and be the model for an alternative economic path.
The story of Manchester’s economic success jars with the city’s poverty levels. Can the city’s devolution deal – Devo Manc – plug the gap?
As Greater Manchester moves towards more devolved powers Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester Council, talks to New Start about poverty, progressive procurement, and building scale in the social sector.
Fixing our broken food system is vital for both sustainability and health outcomes. But challenging the industrial model is not easy.
Greater Manchester is a people-powered city, a fact reflected in the number of organisations creating social and economic change across the region. Here’s ten of the best.
Working at Greater Manchester level must not lead to devaluing everything which is local in the name of efficiency. If ‘at scale’ comes to mean ‘at distance’ it may mean that power has simply been centralised in Greater Manchester rather than Whitehall.
Focusing on ‘what’s strong, not what’s wrong’, asset based community development helps local areas shake off their ‘deprived’ status and build from the bottom up.