Decision details

Levelling Up Oldham: The Oldham Economic Review of Economic Transformation and Civic Pride

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Consideration was given to a report of the Chief Executive which sought approval of the recommendations of the Independent Oldham Economic Review Board through the Levelling Up Oldham: The Oldham Economic Review of Economic Transformation and Civic Pride. (March 2022).

It was reported that Alun Francis, the principal at Oldham College was asked to lead a Commission to help to plot a brighter future for the Borough; utilising the great leaders in Oldham and drawing on expertise from Greater Manchester, the wider region and nationally to turn the Government’s Levelling up mantra into a reality for Oldham’s communities.

The review began in September 2021, however the Government’s “Levelling Up” White Paper was delayed and not published until February 2022, which meant that it was not available until the final phase of the review was complete.

At the conclusion of the Commission, the documents were in the public domain, however, it was reported that Cabinet was requested to accept the findings as detailed within the appendices and full report and to embed the recommendations into the work of the refreshed Oldham Partnership.


Options/alternatives considered

Option 1 – To accept the recommendations in the report.

Option 2 – Not to accept the recommendations within the report



1.    The findings of the Commission be noted, and the recommendations set out in the review be endorsed, accepted, and approved.

2.    The recommendations were to feed into the work programme/agenda for the refreshed Oldham Partnership to continue with wider partnerships for the accountability of deploying relevant actions and delivering solutions to improve the lives of Oldham’s residents.

Publication date: 29/07/2022

Date of decision: 25/07/2022

Decided at meeting: 25/07/2022 - Cabinet

Effective from: 04/08/2022

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