Greater Manchester is a great place to live and work, but people here are dying younger, and many more from serious diseases, than in most other parts of the UK. Devolution is giving us the opportunity to change that for the better.


Everyone in Greater Manchester deserves to live well. But right now, our health is poorer than the UK average, with more people here suffering from illnesses like heart disease and cancer.

More than two thirds of early deaths in our region are caused by things like smoking, alcohol dependency, poor diet and air pollution. Many of these deaths can be prevented through better support and better lifestyle choices.

Nearly 25% of us have a mental health or wellbeing issue, which can affect everything – our physical health, our ability to work, our parenting. In the worst cases, it’s leaving people homeless.

Education and employment are big areas for improvement. A quarter of a million people in Greater Manchester claim benefits, while many of our children aren’t socially and emotionally ready for school by the time they’re five-years-old.

Meanwhile, our growing number of older people have many long-term health issues to manage.

All of these things are putting our public services under more pressure.

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Only by joining up all the things that affect our health can we begin to really change them.

Yes, we’re combining all of our health and social care services, and building them around the individual and the community for better, more responsive care. We’re reshaping our system so that it really works for everyone and stands on its own two feet.

But we’re doing a lot more besides. Devolution is also giving us a unique opportunity to address the bigger picture, particularly the link between our health and our standard of living.

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We’re working on a number of new plans that support everything from good eating habits and exercise to education and everyone’s ability to earn a decent living.

All of these things will mean we can give children the start they need, support independence in old age, tackle illness earlier on and even prevent it altogether by improving our lifestyles.

So by 2021, we’re hoping to see some big benefits for the people of Greater Manchester.

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Start well

270 more babies with healthier birth weights

Making a big difference to their long-term health

3,250 more five-year-olds being ready for school

With children reaching a good level of social and emotional development

16,000 fewer children living in poverty

By getting more parents into better jobs with better incomes

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Live well

1,300 fewer people dying from cancer

Through prevention, earlier diagnosis and testing new treatments

600 fewer people dying from heart disease

By identifying people at most risk

580 fewer people dying from lung disease

By catching it at a curable stage

Age well

2,750 fewer older people suffering serious falls

Supporting them to live at home, and stay well, for as long as possible