Andy Burnham confirms his support for VCSE sector


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Andy Burnham Question Time

Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, was in Salford on Thursday evening for his 'Mayor's Question Time' event.

The event, chaired by Dan Hewitt, Political Correspondent on Granada Reports, was hosted by Ellesmere Park High School, in Eccles. Residents from across the city-region quizzed Andy on a wide range of issues including the roll-out of universal credit, homelessness, protecting the greenbelt, public transport and cycling, wheelchair access at railway stations, and the need for protection against flooding.

Alison Page quizzes Andy Burnham

In response to a question from Alison Page, CEO of Salford CVS, Andy stated how he sees the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector as critical to the provision of health and social care services. He highlighted how he is pushing for core funding for such VSCE organisations and a move away from short-term project-based funding. He also expanded on this vision for a 'Health and Social Care Service' that incorporates physical, mental and social care as one joined-up service.

The new concept of social prescribing was supported by Andy who stated that it will require a different relationship with VCSE organisations to deliver preventative services providing support for people in communities.

Andy previewed the aims and ambition featured in the new Greater Manchester Strategy which was approved today by the Combined Authority for city region, which is supportive of the VCSE sector: "We have already put in place a Memorandum of Understanding between the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership and Greater Manchester VCSE organisations, which transforms the relationship of the local VCSE sector with health and social care devolution; we will now look to extend this into a new relationship with the VCSE sector across a broad range of activities.",  from The Greater Manchester Strategy, 2017

Andy also highlighted that the Combined Authority is confirming its commitment to become an accredited Living Wage Employer, and has pledged to encourage the city-region’s businesses to make the right step and raise pay to help their employees. This is part of an overall strategy to reduce poverty and inequality across Greater Manchester.

Future #AskAndyGM Question Time events are planned throughout Greater Manchester.



Simon Robinson, Salford CVS

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