This presentation, from Andrew Lightfoot, was presented at iNetworks 2015 Winter Conference. The presentation sets out the priorities for Greater Manchester devolution, focusing on the dual strands of growth and public service reform. The slidepack...

The devolution drive across all parts of government is set to make the whole of Greater Manchester more dementia-aware. The Alzheimer's Society discuss an ambitious new partnership, Dementia United. Ambitions have been outlined today to transform...

Greater Manchester are ambitiously reforming public services taking into consideration the role of new systems of leadership to succesfully drive this change. Background Greater Manchester (GM) has ambitious plans for developing new models of...

Modernising public services through innovation, integration and localism are at the heart of the government's Spending Review plans. 'A country that lives within its means' sets out the government's key priorities for the 2015 Spending Review,...

This case study explores Greater Manchester's approach to reducing the number of young NEETS. It is an example of how to develop a logic model - part of the Service Reform Approach's Define phase. Greater Manchester and New Economy developed a...

This case study explores Greater Manchester's approach to its early years services. It is an example of how to understand the bigger picture - part of the Service Reform Approach's Discover phase. Greater Manchester Early Years Greater Manchester’s...

This case study explores Greater Manchester's robust approach to analysis and evidence. It is an an example of how to review the current situation - part of the Service Reform Approach's Discover phase. The ten local authorities that make up the...

Devolution has the potential to deliver strong economic growth and transform the way local places work collaboratively, writes Commercial Secretary to the Treasury Lord O'Neill in the LGC. A key driver of devolution work is enabling local...

Greater Manchester Combined Authority has used devolved funding to offer an expanded apprenticeship scheme, writes David Paine in the LGC. Under the original devolution deal negotiated last November, the combined authority negotiated to gain...

Fabian Society report on how to balance local control and national standards in access to health care. The balance between national, local and frontline control in determining access to healthcare is a critical issue for the NHS. People usually...

Key announcements relating to service reform from the Summer Budget and the government's productivity plan. Reforming the welfare system to make it more affordable Changes to the welfare system include: working-age benefits, including tax credits...

This slidepack and audio is from a Public Sector Show session on what is in store for Greater Manchester Combined Authority. It covers: Growth and reform: maximising potential across the Greater Manchester area Bespoke solutions tailored and...

Local businesses are regulated by many bits of government. Inspectors of trading standards, health and safety, food safety, fire safety, gangmasters, immigrant workers and others are all interested in what and how a company is operated - but that...

Video and slidepack from Public Sector Show session to introduce logic models - visual representations of your objectives and approach – and explain how they are an important first step in helping to define the rationale, inputs, outputs and...

Jenny Pescod reports on the recent Local Works Conference where the devolution of work and skills provision was discussed. In March, a select group gathered in Manchester Conference Centre for the Local Works Conference 2015 . Organised by the...

Peter Wilding, the Network’s senior adviser on growth and public spending, sets out the latest thinking about the devolution of growth and public services to local places Over the last couple of months we in the Network have been talking about...

In just a few years Greater Manchester has moved from prototyping the whole systems approach to securing the ground-breaking devolution of the local £5bn NHS health and care budget. Damon Palmer explains how it happened Just over 2 years ago I was...

Greater Manchester has set up a Justice and Rehabilitation Forum to allow the voluntary and community sector to inform criminal justice policy and commissioning. The first forum was held in January and focused on mentoring and coaching for...

Justice minister Simon Hughes was in Manchester yesterday to see how a new approach is helping female offenders tackle not just their offending behaviour, but also underlying problems including mental health and substance misuse. The minister, who...

Peter O'Reilly, Assistant Chief Fire Officer in Greater Manchester, writes about the often under-estimated role of fire and rescue services in wider public service reform. It's easy to understand the concept of public sector reform when your...

The government has announced a further £12 million is to be invested in helping people with mental health conditions return to work. Nearly half (46%) of people claiming Employment and Support Allowance have mental health conditions while mental...

This month has seen the launch of a new initiative; Turn Around to Work. Sponsored by the Youth Justice Board and piloted by Greater Manchester Public Service Reform team, this initiative is building a community of businesses supportive of the...

"A person, not a problem, is at the centre of our approach." As part of the Department for Communities and Local Government's 'One Department Day', Manchester arranged for a dozen department staff to visit two frontline services that are working...

Greater Manchester's Working Well pilot is transforming the lives of those who have not been able to find sustainable employment. Read the full case study.

Less than 24 hours after the big derby Manchester seems set to get a mayor to unite the city region in return for billions of devolved funding. At the beginning of Better Local Services month there couldn't be a better example of the benefits that...

I was lucky enough to be invited to the first Partnership event for Justice and Rehabilitation at the Macron Bolton stadium, home of Bolton Wanderers football club. This full day event got off to a pacey start with introductions and overview from...

The Transformation Network has just launched its newly redesigned bulletin in which we will be sharing some of the fantastic work places are doing to improve public services for their residents. Just some of the things in this edition: Pat Richie,...

Spending money on public services requires tough decisions and a robust understanding of the costs and benefits. Cody Xuereb, Economic Adviser at the Department for Communities and Local Government and Rory Moody, Policy Adviser at the Cabinet...

I'm glad my Scottish cousins decided to stay in the Union. More powers will be devolved to Holyrood. That has brought into sharp relief the debate about devolution in England. I hope this leads to communities taking renewed interest and influence...

Working Well is a new programme that began operating across Greater Manchester (GM) in March 2014. Supporting Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claimants who have completed the Work Programme without finding employment, this programme is built...