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EU Funding and Brexit Briefing for Liverpool City Region

EU Funding and Brexit Briefing for Liverpool City Region

Warren Escadale and Sam Popper

Following the implementation of Brexit, what is the likely impact of lost investment and delivery, and how can the case be made for future investment in driving inclusive growth?

Sector expertise lies in connecting mainstream delivery to those furthest from mainstream support and furthest from employment. It also lies in providing tailored, person-centric approaches to tackling multiple barriers and building confidence.

We calculate that if investment in inclusive growth and VCFSE involvement in delivery ended in the City Region…

• Over 13,400 of the hardest to reach people acrossthe City Region will lose out on life-changing support. This will cost the City Region at least £56.3m per year in lost GVA.

• This includes additional welfare costs of at least £12m per year.

• We would lose a return on investment in VCFSE delivery in our City Region of £8 for every pound invested.

• Direct job losses in VCFSE organisations in the City Region would exceed 245.

• The City Region would lose out on significant additional inward investment in our most economically disadvantaged communities.

• In the light of extensive public sector cuts, it would become increasingly challenging for local organisations to remain financially viable. Additional indirect job losses would exceed 145.

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Connected Growth: developing a framework to drive inclusive growth across a city region

Connected Growth: developing a framework to drive inclusive growth across a city region

Submission to the Inclusive Growth Commission drawing on interviews with members of Greater Manchester’s VCSE Devolution Reference Group and a workshop with VCSE leaders from across the North West.

The central tenet is that if we are serious about inclusive growth, then we need to develop a new relationship with communities drawing on the potential of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.

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Developing Devolution with our communities

Developing Devolution with our communities

Devolution has happened at a fast pace; many exciting developments have taken place that have transformed our governance at a local level to enable more responsive and innovative public services. This provides the potential platform from which to tackle entrenched disadvantage, drive social change and deliver inclusive growth, while at the same time refreshing local democracy. 

The devolution agenda has enthused many politicians and professionals, but it is fair to say that it has not always had the same reaction within communities. Many people who are enthusiastic about local social action to improve their neighbourhoods or provide support to their communities, have become disengaged from formal politics - whether this is Whitehall or the town hall can sometimes make little difference. Devolution has the potential to address this deficit and strengthen productive local partnerships that can underpin transformation. 

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Introduction to the Greater Manchester Cancer Vanguard 'Health as a Social Movement' project

Introduction to the Greater Manchester Cancer Vanguard 'Health as a Social Movement' project

 

 

 

Our aim is to mobilise a citizen-led social movement for cancer prevention by working through the voluntary sector. This project is harnessing the energy of the voluntary sector and Greater Manchester (GM) citizens which is currently centred on cancer research, treatment and survivorship to understand what motivates people to make lifestyle choices and help tip the balance towards prevention. We are connecting what already exists, drawing on the intelligence of communities that face health inequality and identifying ways to help change happen.

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