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ACORN ANTI-POVERTY AND TENANTS UNION LAUNCHES IN GREATER MANCHESTER

Star date: 20th January 2018

TENANTS POWER TO HIT SALFORD

ACORN, a nationwide union that uses direct action and community organising to build power for tenants, is launching a local branch that will include Salford on Tuesday 30th January 6:30pm at Friends Meeting House in Manchester.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU TO RUN ENERGY BILL SLASHING SESSION

Star date: 20th January 2018

ENERGY SAVING CAMPAIGN COMES TO SALFORD

The Salford Citizens Advice Bureau is holding a special session at Pendleton Gateway this Thursday, 25th January, between 10am and 1pm, to help people slash energy bills by up to £300.

Full details here...

 
 
GARFIELD WESTON FOUNDATION LAUNCHES £5MILLION FUND FOR COMMUNITIES

Star date: 20th January 2018

SALFORD COMMUNITY ORGANISATONS COULD RECIEVE UP TO £150,000

To celebrate its 60th anniversary, the Garfield Weston Foundation has launched a £5million fund for charities and community organisations, to be spent on things like buildings and refurbishments.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL AJ BELL STADIUM WORTH £6.5MILLION DESPITE OVER £24MILLION PUBLIC LOANS

Star date: 20th January 2018

PEEL HOLDINGS WILL SELL STADIUM, SALFORD COUNCIL WON'T SAYS SALE SHARKS OWNER

Speaking to the BBC North West Tonight, Sale Sharks owner Simon Orange said that the AJ Bell Stadium, which has had over £24million in public money loans from Salford Council, has now been independently valued at just £6.5million.

He added that the Sharks had offered to buy the stadium at "more than 50% higher" than the valuation, but, while joint owners Peel Holdings were keen to sell, Salford Council were "not interested"

Full details here....

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL RUNNING FIRST AID FOR DOGS AFTER £1.6MILLION CUT TO HEALTH IMPROVEMENT

Star date: 19th January 2018 

DOGS FIRST AID COURSE AFTER HUMAN GROUPS CUT

"An insult to the people of Salford..."

Salford City Council is using its Health Improvement Team to run First Aid For Dogs courses, after slashing £1.6million from its budget which helped improve the lives of humans.

The courses, run in conjunction with the PDSA, cover doggy bloat, doggy bandaging and resuscitating doggies... "It's an insult to the people of Salford that managers are putting the health of dogs before the health of people" says one resident affected by the Health Improvement cuts.

Full details here...

 
 
‘ETHICAL’ AVIVA TRIES TO EVICT NEW MANCHESTER HOMELESS SQUAT

Star date: 18th January 2018

MANCHESTER COUNCIL SAYS 17 HOMELESS PEOPLE 'WOULD NOT BE INTERESTED IN RELOCATION BECAUSE THEY ARE ACTIVISTS'

After the brutal eviction of 17 homeless people from occupied offices above BetFred in Manchester centre on Monday morning, they have taken refuge in a new building on King Street owned by Aviva Investors Pensions Ltd. Tomorrow, the company is taking the homeless people to court to face further eviction, despite its 'social purpose' statement that "one of our values is to 'care more'"...

Meanwhile, the homeless people are furious about a statement purportedly made by Manchester City Council on the court papers that "they would not be interested in arranging any relocation because they are activists"...

Full details here...

 
 
91% OF SALFORD UNIVERSAL CREDIT CLAIMANTS IN ARREARS WITH CITY WEST

Star date: 18th January 2018

HUGE INCREASE IN SALFORD RENT ARREARS DUE TO UNIVERSAL CREDIT

91.3% of City West tenants claiming Universal Credit are currently in arrears with their rent payments, compared to 42.3% of tenants in arrears who are not claiming Universal Credit.

Relating the figures to yesterday's full meeting of Salford Council, City Mayor Paul Dennett added that there was "a clear correlation between the introduction of Universal Credit and increased use of collection orders.

Full details here...

 
 
NEW CLADDING FOR SALFORD TOWER BLOCKS IN MARCH SAYS DEPUTY MAYOR

Star date: 17th January 2018

PENDLETON BLOCKS WILL HAVE NEW CLADDING IN MARCH

At today's full meeting of Salford City Council, Deputy Mayor, John Merry, said he was "fairly confident" that new cladding will be put on the nine Pendleton tower blocks, beginning in March. He added that residents' safety had been put "top of the list...I don't think anyone can complain".

John Merry disclosed that documentation relating to cladding on blocks owned by Salix and City West had been sent to councillors, although nothing has been published for the public. He added that a report into how the dangerous cladding was put onto the blocks in the first place will soon be available.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD HOMELESSNESS CONFERENCE EXCLUDES HOMELESS AT OVER £325 PER TICKET

Star date: 16th January 2018

SALFORD UNIVERSITY CONFERENCE PROMISES 'UNIQUE INSIGHT INTO CAUSES OF HOMELESSNESS' – WITH NO HOMELESS PEOPLE PRESENT

A University of Salford conference which promises to "provide unique insights into the underlying causes and potential solutions to the homelessness crisis" is charging £325+VAT per ticket, thus excluding not only the homeless but also grass roots housing organisations.

One of the speakers is Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, while a panel will ask 'How can we most effectively improve services to vulnerable homeless households and individuals?'...without any 'vulnerable homeless' people there to share their views.

Full details here...

 
 
‘NO COMPASSION’ AS MANCHESTER HOMELESS SQUAT EVICTED

Star date: 16th January 2018

BETFRED SQUAT EVICTED AS 17 HOMELESS PEOPLE BACK ON STREETS

Yesterday's early morning eviction of a squat above the BefFred shop opposite Manchester Town Hall has been roundly condemned by housing campaigners, as 17 homeless people were put back on the streets.

Greater Manchester Housing Action stated "shame on whoever it was that made the decision to evict"; while Angela Barratt, of Salford Manchester Street Support, who was volunteering at the squat's night shelter as the eviction happened, told the Salford Star that "There was just no compassion..."

Full details here...

 
 
PEEL HOLDINGS SALFORD BUILDING SQUATTED BY HOMELESS

Star date: 15th January 2018

PEEL OFFICES IN ECCLES SQUATTED

As the Manchester squat above BetFred in the city centre was evicted this morning, homeless people in Salford have occupied an office building owned by Peel Holdings near Eccles.

Peel recently received a cheap public money loan of over £8million for its Lightbox apartments in MediaCityUK, where flats cost up to £400,000... "This was our only option" says John who has been homeless for almost five years.

Full details here...

 
 
80 YEAR OLD SALFORD PERSON WANTED TO PLANT 80TH ANNIVERSARY TREE IN BUILE HILL PARK

Star date: 14th January 2018

BUILE HILL PARK CELEBRATES 80TH ANNIVERSARY

This month, it's the 80th anniversary of Buile Hill Park since it was inaugurated at its present size. And to celebrate this oak anniversary, the Friends of Buile Hill Park are looking for an 80 year old Salford person, preferably born in January 1938, to help plant a tree.

The Friends are also searching for any living relatives of John Thomas Harrison, who was Chairman of the Parks Committee in 1938.

Full details here...

 
 
THOMAS PAINE TO BE CELEBRATED AT SALFORD WORKING CLASS MOVEMENT LIBRARY

Star date: 14th January 2018

A PAINE IN THE DEMOCRACY FARCE

Celebrating Thomas Paine
Saturday 27th January 1pm free
Working Class Movement Library

The Mary Quaile Club and the Working Class Movement Library are to hold a celebration of legendary Brit radical Thomas Paine, whose ideas on democracy and more still hold major relevance two hundred years on. Top tv and film writer Trevor Griffiths will be one of the speakers.

Full details here...

 
 
EMPOWER HELPS SALFORD DISABLED PEOPLE TO BE MORE ACTIVE

Star date: 13th January 2018

80% OF DISABLED PEOPLE WANT TO BE MORE ACTIVE BUT ONLY 17% HIT LEVEL

80% of disabled people want to be more active, but only 17% meet the recommended levels of activity, and for people with sensory impairments it's even lower. Empower, founded by Ben Andrews, is aiming to change this by supporting disabled people to better manage their health and well-being in Eccles, Pendleton and Swinton.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD TUC FIRES NEW SACK ESTHER MCVEY CAMPAIGN

Star date: 13th January 2018

BENEFIT SANCTIONS MP FACES NEW CAMPAIGN FOR SACK

Salford TUC is firing a new campaign to 'Sack Esther McVey Again', having four members on its national steering committee, including two Salford councillors, and making the first donation towards its funds.

Esther McVey, the former Employment Minister who introduced benefit sanctions guidelines, lost her seat in the Wirral after a huge 'Sack Esther McVey' campaign, but then got re-elected in Tatton at the last General Election, and was recently handed the job of Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions – an appointment Jeremy Corbyn said would be "a cause for alarm for disabled people".

Full details here...

 
 
£14MILLION GOVERNMENT WORKING WELL JOB SCHEME MADE ALMOST NO IMPACT IN GREATER MANCHESTER

Star date: 12th January 2018

70% OF SALFORD PEOPLE ON JOB SCHEME SAY IT DID NOT IMPROVE EMPLOYABILITY

A £14.4million Government Working Well scheme to help benefit claimants into long-term jobs, piloted in Greater Manchester, "has not increased the chances of individuals moving into work", states an early impact study from the Department for Work and Pensions, published yesterday.

Meanwhile, a separate independent evaluation done for Big Life Enterprises, which got the Salford contract, reported that over 70% of those who gave feedback thought that Working Well did not improve their employability. The GMCA is about to start a £52million extension to the programme.

Full details here...

 
 
UNDER FREEDOM OF INFORMATION SALFORD CITY COUNCIL FINALLY RELEASES VIABILITY ASSESSMENT – WITH EVERYTHING REDACTED!

Star date: 11th January 2018

AFTER MONTHS OF WAITING, BROWN COW PUB VIABILITY RELEASED – WITH EVERYTHING BLANK!

After waiting months for a response to a Freedom of Information request to see the full viability assessment for the Brown Cow pub development, Salford Council finally released the documents today – with 99.9% of information blanked out!

The Salford Star originally estimated that developers, Caspia Management Ltd and Robinsons Brewery, had avoided £100,000s in planning fees through the loophole that their profits wouldn't be big enough if they had to cough up. The Star wanted some transparency in the process...er...

Full details here...

 
 
A TOUR THROUGH SALFORD COUNCIL SPIN ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Star date: 10th January 2018

IT'S NOT WHAT THEY TELL YOU, IT'S WHAT THEY DON'T TELL YOU

Today, Salford City Council issued a press release outlining its plans to "build the first council houses in the city for a generation" and how its new housing company, Derive, "is already involved in projects to deliver around 900 affordable homes by 2021".

Here, the Salford Star goes through the spin and discovers that it's not what they tell you but what they don't tell you...

Full details here...

 
 
KOUKASH OUT AS SALFORD RED DEVILS OWNERSHIP ‘IN HANDS OF SUPPORTERS’

Star date: 9th January 2018

'FANS CONSORTIUM' SALFORD RD HOLDINGS TAKES OWNERSHIP OF SALFORD RED DEVILS

Salford Red Devils has announced the takeover of the club by a not-for-profit consortium, Salford RD Holdings, with four new 'fan' board members. The move signals the end of the controversial reign of Marwan Koukash who, the club states, has relinquished control.

"The new ownership structure puts the control of the Club into the hands of the supporters" says board member Andrew Rosler.

Full details here...

 
 
COMMUNITY SHOULD BE INVOLVED IN HOLDING COUNCILS TO ACCOUNT STATES PARLIAMENT REPORT

Star date: 8th January 2018

75% SAY PARTY POLITICS AFFECTS SCRUTINY

The findings of a new House of Commons report on 'Effectiveness of local authority overview and scrutiny committees' concludes that party politics affects the way that council leaders are held to account; that the public and service users should be involved in scrutiny; and that council leaders and officers should 'welcome constructive challenge and democratic accountability'...

In Salford? In your dreams!

Full details here...

 
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SALFORD STAR - A BIT OF HISTORY

When we began producing the Salford Star nearly ten years ago, in 2006, the aim was always for it to be a magazine - a big, proud, free glossy magazine that would go to as many people in Salford as possible. The reason for this was that, even according to Salford Council figures, only one person in five in the city had access to the internet. Now that figure has possibly risen to around a third. This is why Salford still needs its own accessible magazine.

We also set the Salford Star up to tell the truth, to be the voice of the community, untouched by vested interests. Unfortunately we didn't realise that the reaction to those truths would be so brutal... Salford Council even re-wrote its own constitution for devolved money and ripped up our application for finance. Neither does it respond to Salford Star's requests for quotes or comments. Advertisers have told us that they can't be seen to support the Salford Star for fear of losing contracts…it goes on and on and on.

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