How we plan to improve the health, wealth and wellbeing of the 2.8 million people living in Greater Manchester – together.


In the run-up to devolution, we asked everyone – from nurses and social workers to local charities and residents – what they thought would help to make Greater Manchester a healthier place to live. Then we wrote our big five-year plan, Taking Charge.

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Our big plan is about improving the health and wellbeing of the 2.8 million people living in Greater Manchester, as much and as quickly possible, by:

  • Helping people to better manage their own health
  • Providing more joined-up care near where people live
  • Working together, across hospitals and practices, to share skills and specialist treatment
  • Doing things more efficiently and to the same high standards across all boroughs

Under our big plan, we have lots of different plans and strategies to help us achieve these things. Many of these are already in place and making a real difference to people’s lives.

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The next five years

In fact, we’ve published a prospectus that takes stock of the difference devolution has made. Taking Charge: The Next Five Years considers the challenges we’ve overcome and those we still face, and explores new opportunities to build on what we’ve achieved and learned.


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Our Plans - A plan shaped by all of us


Our devolution plan is the result of many conversations between the people who live and work in Greater Manchester and our public services.

The whole region got involved – from the 500 individuals and 17 organisations who responded to a consultation in Stockport, to the 6,000 people who took part in our Taking Charge Together survey.

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Our blueprint for a better place to live

Our People, Our Place is a plan that outlines Greater Manchester’s ambitions for a better future. For the 2.8 million of us who live in the towns, cities and communities here.

Led by Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), Our People, Our Place supports our Taking Charge plan and brings together health, wellbeing, work and jobs, housing, transport, skills, training and economic growth. When we look at these things together, we can make lasting change.

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