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GM Local Industrial Strategy progress statement

The Greater Manchester Local Industrial Strategy (LIS): Progress Statement  published yesterday by GMCA and central government, has a significant focus on an Ageing Society. The statement includes four joint priorities around ageing and innovation, with the GM Ageing Hub supporting this work and leading on the first two:
  • a test-bed for new products, technologies and social innovation to meet the growing market represented by older people
  • develop, pilot and test new neighbourhood-scale models that support ageing in place
We will be in touch with many of you as we develop plans in these areas; consultant Jason Bergen is supporting us on this work.  

Developing ambitious Local Industrial Strategies is central to delivering the national Industrial Strategy’s vision to build an economy fit for the future, with prosperous communities across the United Kingdom, and to drive up productivity. The progress statement sets out plans for delivering a Strategy by March 2019, and highlights emerging priorities for Greater Manchester’s Local Industrial Strategy. The four options around ageing are: 
  1. Bring together business, citizens, academia and government to create a test-bed for new products, technologies and social innovation to meet the growing market represented by older people, domestically and internationally. This would trial emerging markets of knowledge, goods and services for older people, testing opportunities and linking them to GM’s business, export and skills base. 
  2. Develop, pilot and test new neighbourhood-scale models that support ageing in place. This will involve utilising and expanding Greater Manchester’s research partnerships, and building on the experience of the £10m Ambition for Ageing programme. This will look to the broader changes required to support ageing, including in housing and local transport. 
  3. Deliver a new model of independent living support, Living Well at Home, through transformed adult social care and health. 
  4. Trial ways to support the objectives of the Fuller Working Lives Strategy and pilot a new model for supporting over 50s back into work, in coordination with DfE, DWP and the Centre for Ageing Better. 
Thanks for your support,

Paul McGarry
Head, Greater Manchester Ageing Hub

About us

The Greater Manchester Ageing Hub brings together universities, public and private services, and GM citizens to improve the lives of residents as we age. Based at the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, we coordinate a strategic response to the opportunities and challenges of an ageing population. Our vision is that older people are able to contribute to and benefit from sustained prosperity and enjoy a good quality of life, and that Greater Manchester becomes the best place in the UK to grow older. Creating an age-friendly Greater Manchester is priority 10 of the Greater Manchester Strategy. | @GMAgeingHub | #AgeFriendlyGM
Core team:
Paul McGarry, Head, GM Ageing Hub, GMCA
Jo Garsden, Programme Manager, GM Ageing Hub, GMCA
Dr Mark Hammond, Programme Manager, GM Ageing Hub, GMCA
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