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SALFORD BENEFIT ARMY TO TAKE ON DWP OVER UNFAIR DISABILITY ASSESSMENTS

Star date: 17th August 2017

VOLUNTEER ARMY TRAIN TO HELP DISABLED FIGHT UNFAIR ASSESSMENTS

A new army of volunteers has been trained this week to accompany people going to DWP disability assessments to ensure they are treated fairly and gets their rights to state help.

"I think it's very important that people are there to stand up for those who are not necessarily best able to defend themselves in a benefit system that is set up basically to catch people out; force them off benefits" explained Ben Clay, who was one of the volunteers at the training course organised by Salford Unemployed and Community Resource Centre.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL SET TO BORROW £25MILLION TO MAKE TOWER BLOCKS FIRE SAFE

Star date: 16th August 2017

£25MILLION FOR NINE PENDLETON BLOCKS AS PUBLIC MEETING CALLED ON FIRE SAFETY

Salford City Council is set to borrow £25million in order to sort its nine Pendleton high rises, after they failed consecutive Government fire safety tests. Who ultimately pays for the work, a Council report states, is "likely to be the subject of dispute", although it believes that Pendleton Together is liable.

Meanwhile a public meeting for residents will take place next Tuesday, 22nd August at Salford Arts Theatre, with speakers from the Justice4Grenfell Campaign, Salford City UNISON and the Fire Brigades Union.

Full details here...

 
 
UNISON ACCUSES SALFORD COUNCIL OF LYING TO JUSTIFY SHUTTING DISABLED KIDS HOME

Star date: 15th August 2017

'INACCURACIES' AND 'LIES' IN COUNCIL ATTEMPT TO SHUT THE GRANGE – AS STRIKE BALLOT LOOMS

Next week, Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, will make a decision on whether or not to shut The Grange, Salford's only residential care home for disabled children.

The Council report recommending the closure has been slated in new counter reports from both the families of children at The Grange and Salford UNISON, which accuses the Council of 'inaccuracies', including over unfilled places... "The so-called lack of demand for The Grange is a lie to justify a cut" it states. The report adds that UNISON members "are willing to consider industrial action in defence of their jobs".

Full details here...

 
 
NEW SALFORD COUNCIL STADIUM LOAN WILL TAKE TOTAL TO ALMOST £25MILLION

Star date: 14th August 2017

SALFORD COUNCIL TO HAND ANOTHER £632,000 LOAN TO AJ BELL STADIUM

This week, cash-strapped Salford City Council is set to agree another loan of 'up to' £632,500 for its City of Salford Community Stadium, branded the AJ Bell Stadium.

This will take the current total amount of Council loans for the Stadium - which made another huge loss last year and has net liabilities of over £7million - to almost £25million.

Full details here...

 
 
YOUNG SALFORD PEOPLE MAKE NUJ FILM ON REPORTING POVERTY

Star date: 13th August 2017

POVERTY REPORTING NEEDS THE WHOLE PICTURE

Young film makers from the Reporters' Academy in Salford have made a short film about reporting poverty, aimed at journalists who jump on the poverty porn bandwagon.

A variety of people are interviewed in the film about their experiences, urging journalists to have the whole picture on poverty before reporting crap.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD GROUPS WANTED TO ORGANISE HERITAGE OPEN DAY EVENTS

Star date: 13th August 2017

'ALL OUR STORIES' WANTED FOR HERITAGE OPEN DAYS

Heritage Open Days is the largest grass roots celebration of history and culture in the UK, and takes place between 7th and 10th September, with open days all over the city, from Ordsall Hall to Agecroft Cemetery.

The theme this year is All Our Stories, and organisers are keen for communities to organise new events, which could be walks, talks, poetry readings, or raising awareness of a local building that needs restoring, or maybe saved from demolition.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD FLOOD VICTIMS INVITED TO RIVER IRWELL COMMUNITY ACTION DAY

Star date: 13th August 2017

WHAT NEXT FOR FLOOD VICTIMS?

From The Flood to The Future
Community Action Across the Irwell Catchment
Saturday 19th August 10am-4pm free
Manchester Met Uni Business School

Next Saturday sees the biggest event since the Lower Broughton Boxing Day Flood of 2015, as community and flood action groups from across the region meet to discuss how to stop it happening again. Everyone is invited and representing Salford are Lower Broughton resident Keri Muldoon and Broughton councillor John Merry.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD PRECINCT SUMMER OF LOVE

Star date: 12th August 2017

MAGIC, SPORT AND NATURE EVENTS FOR KIDS AT THE PRECINCT

Every Tuesday throughout the holidays, Salford Shopping Centre has its Summer of Love, with kids' events happening between 11am and 4pm. It began this week with We Love Circus and continues over the next three weeks with We Love Magic, We Love Sport and We Love Nature days, plus a Hunt The Hearts competition.

Full details here...

 
 
MORE KOUKASH THREATS AS SALFORD RED DEVILS SLUMP TO CASTLEFORD IN SUPER 8S

Star date: 12th August 2017

SALFORD RED DEVILS 4 CASTLEFORD TIGERS 23

This week, Red Devils owner, Marwan Koukash, was tweeting more threats... "Friday's game and the following 3 home games are an opportunity for the city of Salford to show that it wants a Super League club"...before telling supporters at this game that 'No-one will fight harder to keep the brand Salford Red Devils alive more than me...' Koukash appears to be in a fight with himself.

In the event, 2,811 supporters showed up to see Salford beaten 4-23 by Castleford in the Super 8s, as Paul Whiteside reports, with photos by Gareth Lyons.

Match report and photos here...

 
 
SWINTON LIONS SECRET £60,000 LOAN FROM SALFORD CITY COUNCIL

Star date: 11th August 2017

SWINTON LIONS SAVED FROM EXTINCTION

Salford City Council has handed financially struggling Swinton Lions a £60,000 loan, via a secret meeting outside its normal decision making process.

The Lions were hit by an HMRC winding-up petition at the end of July and have ongoing liabilities... "The loan was necessary to prevent them from being expelled from rugby league and is guaranteed" Deputy Mayor, John Merry, who rubber stamped the loan, told the Salford Star.

Full details here...

 
 
NEW STUDY FINDS FEW NEW SALFORD JOBS CREATED BY MEDIACITYUK

Star date: 10th August 2017

MOST MEDIA CITY JOBS ARE MERE 'RELOCATIONS' FROM ELSEWHERE

A new briefing from the independent think tank, Centre For Cities, has found that the vast majority of jobs 'created' at MediaCityUK have been via "existing jobs from elsewhere", and that the development has had little economic benefit beyond the Quays itself.

The study confirms what everyone in Salford already knows. Even Salford and Eccles MP, Rebecca Long-Bailey, said last year that "The majority of jobs at Media City do not go to people from, or who live in Salford...We still have a tale of two cities".   

Full details here...

 
 
THE CRESCENT PUB CLOSURE PERMANENT ‘UNLESS MIRACLE OCCURS’

Star date: 9th August 2017

SALFORD PUB CLOSURE FAULT OF CHINESE OWNERS SAYS BAR WORKER

A lack of investment by the Chinese owners, "daft rent" and dwindling custom were responsible for the closure of the historic pub The Crescent, according to Nick Baguley, who worked part time behind the bar for five and a half years. 

While notices outside the Grade II listed pub state that it is 'closed until further notice', Nick says that "Unless a miracle occurs then it's permanent".

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COMMUNITY BID FOR BUILE HILL MANSION MOVES FORWARD

Star date: 8th August 2017

SALFORD COUNCIL IN TALKS WITH COMMUNITY OVER MANSION TAKEOVER

A community bid to take over the running of Buile Hill Park Mansion is now moving forward, with Urban Vision asking for more details to take the process to the next level.

The Salford Star understands that Salford Council had three options for the Grade II listed building which has lain empty for almost 15 years, but prefers to see the community bid, spearheaded by Salford Red Devils Foundation, the Sounds of Salford Radio and the Irwell Valley Mining Project, come to fruition...

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD HISTORIC PUB THE CRESCENT CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Star date: 7th August 2017

THE CRESCENT PUB CLOSES 'UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE'

Salford's Grade II listed pub, The Crescent, has shut today, with signs posted on its doors reading 'closed until further notice'.

The Crescent, with its myths of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels drinking sessions, was bought last year by Chinese investors and was almost next door to the historic Black Horse, which is now a pile of rubble.

Full details here...

 
 
GREATER MANCHESTER ECONOMICS INEQUALITY CONFERENCE UNAFFORDABLE TO ANYONE BUT WEALTHY

Star date: 7th August 2017

GROWTH INEQUALITY CONFERENCE £125 TO GET IN

A conference on The Economics of Greater Manchester, which will be focusing on 'the divide between prosperity and inequality' is charging £125 plus VAT to attend.

The pro-manchester conference is to be held at the Hilton Hotel in October and will be exploring 'Not just growth but inclusive growth with benefits for people from all regions and from all backgrounds'...except that people 'from all backgrounds' won't be able to afford to get in!

Full details here...

 
 
LIFE AFTER DEATH TO THE STRANGE FOR DANIEL CLARKE

Star date: 6th August 2017

DANIEL CLARKE RELEASES SOLO MATERIAL

With the demise of Salford band Death To The Strange looking imminent, its frontman, Daniel Clarke, has been showcasing new solo material on the canal for the Boat Sessions, as well as hosting acoustic nights and playing some solo gigs. Ian Leslie goes along for the ride.

Full details here...

 
 
CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON TO STAR AT 2017 PETERLOO COMMEMORATION

Star date: 5th August 2017

CHRIS ECCLESTON, JOHN HENSHAW, STELLA GRUNDY JOIN PETERLOO NAMES EVENT

On Sunday 20th August, Christopher Eccleston, John Henshaw, Stella Grundy, George Borowski and Clare Mooney are just some who will be in Albert Square, Manchester, reading out the names of those who died at the infamous Peterloo Massacre. 

Salford's Working Class Movement Library is also staging a free Live History performance of Peterloo on Wednesday 23rd August.

Full details here…

 
 
SWINTON COUPLE NEED SALFORD VOTES FOR £25,000 DREAM WEDDING

Star date: 5th August 2017

HAYLEY AND MATT NEED SALFORD SUPPORT FOR DREAM WEDDING

Swinton's Hayley and Matt, former Moorside High School pupils, have been shortlisted from two thousand couples to to win a dream £25,000 wedding package in a Mirror competition. But they need Salford votes to win. It takes two clicks and nowt else.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL WITH 48 ILLEGAL ROADS ORDERED TO PRODUCE CLEAN AIR PLAN

Star date: 4th August 2017

'CHARGING ZONES' COULD BE IMPLEMENTED IN SALFORD

Salford City Council, which manages 48 roads that are above legal pollution limits, has been ordered by the Government to produce a clean air local action plan.

The Government has listed a range of measures that could be implemented which include "access restrictions on vehicles, such as charging zones" but Friends of the Earth has slammed the lack of immediate action.

Full details here...

 
 
RECORD NUMBER OF SALFORD PEOPLE DYING FROM DRUGS

Star date: 3rd August 2017

SALFORD DRUG DEATH RATE SOARS

New figures from the Government show that record numbers of people in Salford are dying from drugs since recent records began, with the rate for women almost doubling over the last 15 years.

"This unacceptably high level of deaths is a direct result of the Home Office's scandalous approach to drugs" says Martin Powell of Transform Drug Policy Foundation.

Full details here...

 
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