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INITIAL RESPONSE TO THE OLDHAM INDEPENDENT REVIEW

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Oldham MBC will today present to the home office its Interim Response to the Oldham Independent Review report by Da...
Oldham MBC will today present to the home office its Interim Response to the Oldham Independent Review report by David Ritchie.

This comprehensive response has been prepared by Oldham MBC, Greater Manchester Police and the Greater Manchester Police Authority supported by the Local Strategic Partnership. The 106-page response addresses the key recommendations and findings contained in the report.

Since publication of the report last December, in addition to the council and police various organisations, voluntary and community groups and key individuals have spent considerable time addressing the issues raised. Around 250 delegates attended the recent Oldham Together conference with working groups discussing issues such as health and social care, housing, education, policing, language, economy and skills, workforce and recruitment, poverty and social exclusion, regeneration and community interaction and representation.

The views of members of the public have also been sought through a number of initiatives including the council website and the recently distributed newsletter and response form.

Chairman of the Local Strategic Partnership, Richard Knowles, said:

'Whilst the Interim Response is comprehensive, it is by no means the end of the story. Rather it is the beginning. Some issues have been fairly easy to address, others will need further consideration before we can fully respond.'

The Interim Response document will be available at libraries, the civic centre and on the council's websitefrom 10am today.

Highlights of the Interim Response will be included in the next issue of The Oldhamer produced by the council, which will be delivered to residents throughout the borough in the middle of March.

'We are keen to have as many people as possible to give us their views on the Initial Response before we prepare the Final Response which is due at the end of June,' said cllr Knowles. 'All responses will be considered by the various working groups who are looking into specific issues. Discussions are continuing with the government, local businesses, the voluntary sector, community groups and other key local and regional organisations. Members of the public who attend the current round of area committee meetings will also have the opportunity to discuss the issues in a 'Question Time' style of debate.'

Anyone wishing to submit their views or add information to views already expressed is welcome to do so in writing to the Independent Review Response, FREEPOST, OL 5050, Oldham, OL1 1BR (no stamp necessary) or on-line by visiting the council's website, by email to env.wp@oldham.gov.uk or by fax to 0161 911 5185. Information given will only be used in connection with the Response and for no other purpose and all identities will remain confidential. If people have already expressed their views but have some new thoughts, further inputs are still welcome.

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