The focus of GM policy is driven by economic development and growth, with comparatively less emphasis on environmental or social considerations, or at least, less integration between them. In particular, there is less policy emphasis placed on social inclusion, equality and diversity of opportunity, with the possible exception of addressing fuel poverty.
From Beth Perry’s article about the SURF research on ‘sustainability governance’ in Greater Manchester, a year ago. Nothing much has changed since then.
Steady State Manchester continues to press for a Viable Economy where Economic, Social and Ecological well-being and justice are of integrated, equal importance.