Manchester City Council

The Council & democracy State of the city report 2018

A progressive and equitable city

Our aim is for everyone in the city to have the same opportunities, life chances and potential to lead safe, healthy, happy and fulfilled lives, no matter where they are born or live. This means reducing the disparities between different areas of the city. Manchester has made real progress towards achieving this aim over the past decade, yet there are still areas of intense deprivation in the city. 

The Family Poverty Strategy was developed to address poverty in Manchester, which is a major challenge affecting many of the city’s families. Homelessness continues to be an increasing issue, with more people sleeping on the streets in the city centre; agencies are working together to ensure that those people who want help can access the shelter and services they need.

The introduction of Universal Credit has made it more difficult to understand levels of worklessness and poverty in the city. It is crucial that we prevent a shift from out-of-work to in-work poverty; consequently, there are a range of initiatives to support people to get back into employment, to ensure that they are fit for work and are equipped with the skills employers need. 

Many Mancunians continue to suffer from poor health and have complex needs. The establishment of Manchester Health and Care Commissioning, the Manchester Local Care Organisation and the Single Hospital Service offer a real opportunity to break the cycle of health and care inequalities in Manchester and improve outcomes for all our residents.

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