Dear Greater Manchester Local Resilience Forum,
Who is in charge of the LRF and who else is in the forum? What other jobs do they have?
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26 February 2021
Dear Ms Brown,
Re: Request for Information – Local Resilience Forum: FOI/3859
Thank you for your request for information, which was received by
Manchester City Council on 31 January 2021 and has been considered under
the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“the 2000 Act”).
The detail of your request and the Council’s response is provided below.
You requested the following information:
Who is in charge of the LRF and who else is in the forum? What other jobs
do they have?
As you may be aware, the Local Resilience Forum (LRF) is not a legal
entity. Manchester City Council provide support and assistance to the LRF
which is known as the Greater Manchester Local Resilience Forum (GMRF).
The Civil Contingencies Act (2004) requires every area of the United
Kingdom to establish a Local Resilience Forum (LRF) to,
• assess the risk of emergencies occurring and use this to inform
contingency planning in the form of a Community Risk Register;
• Put in place emergency plans;
• Create business continuity plans to ensure that they can continue to
exercise critical functions in the event of an emergency;
• Make information available to the public about civil protection
matters, and maintain arrangements to warn, inform and advise the public
in the event of an emergency;
• Share information with other local responders to enhance co-ordination;
• Co-operate with other local responders to enhance coordination and
• Provide advice and assistance to businesses and voluntary organisations
about business continuity management (Local Authorities only).
It is unclear what you mean by “in charge” of the LRF. The GMRF is
currently chaired by ACC Nick Bailey from Greater Manchester Police.
I confirm that the Council does hold some of the information that you have
However, having carefully considered the matter, the Council has
determined that it is unable to comply with part of your request. This is
because part of the requested information is exempt from disclosure under
the following absolute exemption:
Section 21: Information reasonably accessible by other means
This exemption applies because the information is available through an
alternative route. Information about the GMRF and the partners involved
can be found at
Unfortunately, Manchester City Council does not hold information regarding
the additional jobs the representatives have from partner organisations
that attend GMRF. You may wish to contact each partner directly.
Please note if you are not satisfied with this response you may ask for an
internal review. If you wish an internal review to be undertaken you
should contact the Democratic Services Legal Team, whose address is, PO
Box 532, Town Hall, Manchester, M60 2LA, email:
[email address] in the first instance. A copy of
the Council’s information rights complaint procedure can be downloaded
If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review process,
you have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:
Information Commissioner's Office
Tel: 0303 123 1113
Fax: 01625 524510
If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.
Head of Compliance, Enforcement and Community Safety
The Neighbourhoods Directorate
Manchester City Council
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