About Bury Council
Bury is part of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and an active player in the Manchester City Region. We are closely involved in the development of the devolution proposals including those for Children’s Services.
The Council has 17 wards each electing three councillors. Bury Council is Labour led and the political composition is currently 29 Labour, 16 Conservative , 4 Liberal Democrat and 2 Independent.
The Council operates a cabinet form of decision making through the Leader and the Executive. There is a lead member for Children and Families, Councillor Sharon Briggs, and Councillor Rhyce Cathcart is her deputy. Major decisions are taken by the Cabinet which meets about every three weeks. Full Council meets every six weeks.
The management structure of the Council is currently based on four departments although this will be subject of a restructure going forward. The four departments are:
- Children, Young People & Culture;
- Communities & Well-Being;
- Resources & Regulation; and
- Business Growth.
- The Chief Executive, Executive Directors, Assistant Director (Legal and Democratic Services) and the Assistant Director of HR/OD form the Strategic Leadership Team. There is close working between senior staff across the departments.
The Council takes its role as a corporate parent very seriously and the Corporate Parenting Board meets regularly and is well attended by some of our looked after children who make a great contribution to our discussions and planning. The corporate parenting board also acts as governing body to our Virtual School.
The Council is strongly committed to working in partnership with other agencies in the Borough through the mechanism of Team Bury, our Local Strategic Partnership. Relationships are particularly close with the NHS, Greater Manchester Police, the voluntary and community sector and our two outstanding local colleges. The Council has been engaged in a significant transformation process to increase support that is available to parents to enable them to support their children to achieve their potential. These changes recognise the importance of the role that schools have to play in local neighbourhoods.
Relationships with the Clinical Commissioning Group are strong and we are currently looking to develop a Single Commissioning Body arrangement with them within the context of Health & Social Care integration across Greater Manchester. The Health and Well Being Board is well developed and the Children’s Trust Board reports to it. The Bury Locality Plan can be found here.
Like all Councils we face very substantial financial and service delivery challenges in the coming years. Through the transformation plans that we have developed we hope to be able to reduce demands on our services going forward but the scale of the task cannot be underestimated.