Principles met

  • We will develop systems that enable citizens to be equal partners in designing and commissioning public services and in determining the use of public resources.
  • As a membership organisation, we will make this statement of our principles operational by: • Co-operation among members: Our members work together to help each other implement our values, sharing experiences and learning. • Openness of membership: Full, Associate and Affiliate Membership is open to any qualifying Council, organisation or individual who shares our values and is committed to putting them into action. • Co-production of the Network’s work: Members help shape the Network’s work programme and the content of events and written products. • Action-focused: The network is a vehicle for helping councils translate co-operative values and principles into policy and practice. •Membership-based: The network is majority funded by modest membership subscriptions from its member Councils, Associates and Affiliates. •Non-party-political: Members share the belief that working co-operatively within and across communities holds the key to tackling today’s challenges.

In October 2021, Greater Manchester Combined Authority provided a case study for the CCIN which highlighted the work of the Greater Manchester Independent Inequalities Commission and the Institute of Health Equity Build Back Fairer in Greater Manchester. Since that time, the Combined Authority and its partners have been working to embed the recommendations from these reports at the heart of strategy and action, making tackling inequality ‘business as usual’.

Together, these reports provided 48 separate recommendations across a range of thematic and operational domains. Woven into the reports were further suggestions and encouragement to modify our focus in Greater Manchester – putting a greater emphasis on inequality and inequity. The Build Back Fairer work also gave us a framework for action and a set of Beacon Indicators which would show us whether we have been successful in driving down health inequality in the city region.

The challenge was clear – and our politicians confirmed their acceptance of that challenge.

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