1.1 The Greater Manchester Strategy (GMS) sets out our vision that by
2020, the Manchester city region will have pioneered a new model for
sustainable economic growth based around a more connected, talented
and greener city region, where all our residents are able to contribute to
and benefit from sustained prosperity and a good quality of life.
1.2 In 2013 the GMS was refreshed based on a fresh analysis of the
challenges and opportunities facing the city region to create Stronger
Together, a new strategy for Greater Manchester.
1.3 This report provides a picture of our performance in implementing this
strategy and how far we have come in achieving the overall vision of the
1.4 Stronger Together is centred on the priorities for Growth and Reform,
bringing together our plans for reforming public services with a continued
drive for growth and prosperity. Our objective is to sustain progress
whilst eliminating the gap between the taxes we raise and the resources
we expend on public services. We want to deliver services differently,
more efficiently and reduce the level of demand for those services, by
bringing more people into higher quality work.
1.5 Stronger Together sets out a series of strategic priorities to secure the
sustainable economic growth of the city region and to enable the
residents of Greater Manchester to access the opportunities that such
1.6 These priorities also frame Greater Manchester's response to the wider
productivity challenge faced by the UK as a whole: how to ensure that
economic growth, and in particular increasing employment, translates
into significantly improved productivity.
1.7 The Greater Manchester strategic agenda has evolved considerably
since the refreshed strategy was first published, particularly in the light of
the Greater Manchester Growth D